As many of you are aware, effective September 30th, Boyle Street Community Services have relocated from our longstanding downtown Community Centre to multiple new locations across downtown Edmonton. We have successfully secured four new locations, ensuring that our vital programs and services continue with little to no interruption. These new locations will serve as our temporary homes until the construction of our permanent facility, okimaw peyesew kamik (King Thunderbird Centre), is complete.
If you are looking to access our programs and services and don’t know where to go next week, come down to our old community centre – the big blue building behind Rogers Place. We will have staff there who can tell you where to go to find what you’re looking for.
The New Locations
Boyle Street triage programs and services will operate out of Bissell East (10527 96 St. NW).
These programs and services include mail, ID services, intake, reception, housing intake, youth services, and more. They will continue to be operated by the same staff as previously, and we are thankful to Bissell for sharing their space with us.
If you are looking for any of the following things, our triage programs and services at Bissell East (10527 96 St. NW) are the place to go:
A bus pass
Harm reduction supplies
Making a phone call
The pet food bank
Seeing a commissioner of oaths
The bank - Four Directions Financial - and our social venture Hiregood will be temporarily situated at okimaw peyesew kamik (10010-107A Ave) in portable trailers.
Community Spaces and Cultural Services/IRS programs will be housed in the Mercer building (10363 104 St NW).
Indigenous cultural support programs will be onsite to connect individuals to Elders and Knowledge Keepers. This work is primarily delivered to residential school survivors and their families. Their primary goal is to support healing but also includes the provision of administrative supports to those looking to access benefits from Indian Residential Schools, 60’s Scoop, and other government programs. This program incorporates traditional medicine and ways of knowing and is delivered by Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers.
CO*LAB (9641 102A Ave NW) will be the site of a new 25-person community space.
Streetworks will continue operating in an outreach capacity, and our partners at Qualico have generously provided space for our administrative work.
We are committed to ensuring accurate communication of these changes and providing as much information as possible to everyone who needs it. Various teams will be active downtown, and staff will be stationed around our previous location to provide updates and answer questions regarding new service delivery locations. Our focus continues to be on those accessing services, and we are making extensive arrangements to ensure a smooth transition through these changes.
We are immensely grateful for the support of our community partners, dedicated staff, and all those who have rallied around us to ensure a smooth transition.
This transition has showcased the resilience, strength, and spirit of our organization and the extraordinary bonds we share with our partners. The support from long-time supporters like Kelly Pope (Pope Family), new neighbours Alex Putici and the Work Nicer Coworking team, major donor Qualico, and close partners Bissell Centre, ATB Financial, Quarters Arts, and Al Smulski has been instrumental in making this move possible.