Youth For Christ in Ingersoll has just under a month to vacate the building they've been using for the past 14 years.
INGERSOLL - Youth For Christ in Ingersoll has less than a month to find a new home before they are evicted by the Town.
The not-for-profit youth outreach organization has been using the Town's Carnegie building free of charge for the past 14 years. That was until a condition assessment report of the 100 year old building found it was a threat to public safety.
The list of issues found in the report from WGD Architects included: improper wiring, structural issues and a possible presence of hazardous substances as well as a host of other issues. Director of Youth For Christ Joe Carney said it's going to be a challenge to find a space in the short time frame given by the city, "probably very difficult, but the town has offered us some options of using some of their buildings to at least carry on our administration and some of our programs but we'll need something else eventually." While the not-for-profit organization is sad to say goodbye to a building they have called home since 2000, Carney says they are happy to explore other opportunities, "we're excited about new ventures, things change and we're glad that they finally did come to the building and find issues that there were issues that would involve public safety, take us out of that situation."
As for how the move will affect the youth crisis outreach organization's day-to-day operations, "we're hoping it's not going to affect any of our services or programs, it may be difficult for them to find us in the immediate future." Carney said, "Any help that we can get from the community, suggestions or people who have buildings that they are looking to put people in for a very reasonable price we would entertain any ideas."
Carney says any community members who are interested in helping out the Youth For Christ with finding a new building can contact him via e-mail at email@example.com.