The Rainbow Youth Centre in North Central Regina, is thankful for being able to celebrate National Youth Week.
The celebration, said Executive Director Shelly Christian, comes after a massive flood, which forced the organization to do some major work over the past 13 months.
“Since then we went through a fairly grueling process to try and solve the problem so that it didn’t re-occur,” Christian said.
“We have installed a lift station in the building , that process was a bit of work, we had to repair our commercial kitchen and replace a lot of our items like the couch and all kinds of furniture,” she added.
Christian said it was a long process, but through donations and hard work, they’re back up, prepared and are open for business for the 11 through 19 year old’s they serve.
“We had a huge anonymous donation of $130,000, without that I’m not sure that we would have been able to get back up and running in the time that we did,” said Christian.
Mosiac also donated $10,000, and a GoFundMe page helped bring in another $3,400.
During the 13 moth restoration period the centre ran all their programs from the upper floors of the building, something that Christian knows was a challenge for the dedicated staff.
“It was a bit challenging for staff I think, number one trying to work around and run programs out of a smaller group room that we have on the upper floor in the building, but they over came and managed to run those programs in that tiny room for a very long time,” Christian said.
In recognition of the work put in over the last 13 months and to celebrate National Youth Week, Rainbow is holding a grand re-opening from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday (May 3).