September 25th, 2016

LFS expanding facility to meet needs in the community


By Lethbridge Herald on November 18, 2015.

Alvin Fritz of Alvin Fritz Architects discusses the expansion of Lethbridge Family Services to the media on  Wednesday afternoon. Herald photo by Tijana MartinAlvin Fritz of Alvin Fritz Architects discusses the expansion of Lethbridge Family Services to the media on Wednesday afternoon. Herald photo by Tijana Martin

Melissa Villeneuve
Lethbridge Herald
mvilleneuve@lethbridgeherald.com
Lethbridge Family Services will undergo a much-needed expansion to support the increasing service needs within the community.
The project includes a 10,000-square-foot renovation to an existing building west of the LFS current site at 1107 2A Ave. N. The site was formerly a storage facility. When construction is completed next year, an atrium will connect it to the current LFS building, which was built 27 years ago.
“This is a very, very happy day for us… We know how much the community needs Lethbridge Family Services. We’ve unfortunately had to turn down service requests because we simply have been bursting at the seams for quite some time,” said Sandra Mintz, CEO for LFS.
The construction has been made possible thanks to some long-term local community partners. Landlord and local contractor Lyal Sakamoto of Wesbridge Construction partnered with Alvin Fritz Architects and LFS last year to come up with a design plan.
“We’re going to be able to hit the ground running now, and hopefully by this time next year we’ll have the expanded facility,” said Mintz. “That will enable us to not only increase our overall capacity and say ‘yes’ to those service requests, but it will also allow us to bring together some of the areas of expertise that we have within our agency that are currently not co-located.”
This will make it easier for professionals from different agencies to “quickly and easily consult with one another for the best service for our clients,” she explained.
The new design will also allow for expanded counselling services and better privacy and security for clients.
LFS helps more than 6,800 people each year through four key programs: Home Services, Immigrant Services, Counselling/Outreach/Education, and DaCapo for people with developmental disabilities.
For more information, visit http://www.lfsfamily.ca.

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