The Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre has a temporary home.
On Wednesday, the organization announced it has found an interim space before its permanent move to the Red Deer College campus.
“We have been needing a new space for quite some time now,” said CEO Mark Jones.
“We have been seeing a high rise in our numbers over the past year, with a surge in demand of our support services like our court prep program and mental health therapy – but we are running at full capacity.
“This new location gives us the space to provide all of our services and gives us the opportunity to support even more children and families who need us.”
The centre’s new office is in Red Deer’s Capstone district, located in the Westview Business Centre building. The space is over 12,500 square feet, tripling the size of the original space, and includes five family waiting rooms, two interview rooms, two mental health therapy rooms, an advocate volunteer office, and a large educational space.
The centre sees upwards of 10 interviews a day, according to the organization.
In the past year, the centre has also welcomed two more RCMP forensic interviewers, now operating with three in-centre members.
“As an integrated partner, the RCMP are excited for the CAC to open their new child friendly space in Red Deer. This new building is the beginning of an exciting new chapter for the CAC. The RCMP are continually encouraged by the bold steps the CAC has made to improve the lives of central Alberta children and their families,” said Red Deer RCMP Sgt. Ian Ihme.
The organization is still working on constructing the new building on RDC campus and is hoping to be in by August 2022.