ENFIELD: On a nice, cool sunny day Feb. 21, Premier Stephen McNeil made many people smile inside Corridor Community Options for Adults (CCOA) in Enfield.
The Enfield facility received the first chunk of funding for a new campaign that is launching to help it raise the funds necessary to construct a new, larger, and more accessible-friendly building. The new facility will allow more people with diverse abilities to participate in specialized day programs.
Ross Young, CCOA Manager, said the participants and staff at CCOA are very excited about what’s ahead.
“This is a major turning point for our organization and the people we support,” Young told the standing-room only crowd. “A new facility will mean better spaces for the people we currently support. It will also mean we can increase programming and offer supports to those waiting for service.
“It will positively impact service delivery for many years to come.”
McNeil visited the not-for-profit organization and announced the province is contributing $1.5 million to help staff expand their services with a new building in a more central location.
“We’re committed to creating a healthier province and reducing barriers for Nova Scotians to access the services they need,” said Premier McNeil. “This is an important investment that will enable Corridor Community Options to help build a stronger, more connected community.”
CCOA also receives $479,058 in annual operational funding from the Department of Community Services under the Disability Support Program. The Society started in the mid-1970s.
Participant Jenesta Kimball spoke at the podium to the crowd.
“It would be great to work in a new space that has more room,” she said. “It would be great to have more room for people who need our help.”
CCOA offers employment opportunities, skills development, job coaching, recreational services and specialized day programs. They currently support more than 44 people, many with complex support needs. The new building will help reduce barriers for people with specific needs by having features like lifts, power doors and personal care spaces.
After the press conference wrapped up, Young made good on his promise he made during his speech—to give McNeil the biggest hug ever as a thank you for the province’s support and contribution towards the facilities campaign.