Today was a historic moment for Peel CAS and Peel CAS Foundation as ground was officially broken on a new home scheduled to be completed in June 2020. “This is truly a momentous occasion,” says Rav Bains, Chief Executive Officer, Peel CAS. “Peel CAS has been serving families for over 100 years and we are looking forward to having a permanent home where we can provide services to children, youth and families in our community.”
The new location will be centrally located on Hurontario and Highway 401, is within walking distance to various transit options and is accessible to families and community organizations in the community. The new building will also enable the agency to expand on areas of expertise like the Child Welfare Immigration Centre of Excellence and provide opportunities for innovative services for families and the community.
“This journey is particularly exciting for us at Peel Children’s Aid Foundation because we have decided to embark on a capital campaign to raise $5 million dollars to fund the creation of a brand new Community Hub that will be home to the Foundation and the programs the Foundation supports,” says Renae Addis, Executive Director, Peel Children’s Aid Foundation. “This new Community Hub will fill a huge gap that currently exists in the community due to lack of a permanent space where programs for children, youth and families can be run. The hub will include areas such as a recreational space, family room, and a life skills room to help Peel Children’s Aid meet the changing needs of our diverse community.”
Peel Children’s Aid is only one of two children’s aid societies to not own its own building. The new building will provide room for the agency and foundation to grow and save money each year with the transition to building ownership.
Peel CAS works to protect children from abuse and neglect and helps parents and caregivers build healthy families. Together with partners in our community, the agency assists families who may be facing challenges such as poverty, unemployment, ill health, domestic violence, mental health issues, or caring for a child who has serious physical, emotional or developmental difficulties. Some families also just need parenting support. Remember to call CAS if you have a concern about a child or youth.
Peel Children's Aid Foundation was established in 2003 to raise funds to support innovative and urgently-needed programs and services for children, youth and families involved with Peel Children’s Aid. Peel CAF is a registered charity, and supports non-government funded programs that give children and youth in our community the chance to experience nurturing childhoods, equal opportunity to education, and future success as contributing members of society.
For more information, please contact:
Tracy MacIsaac, Communications, Peel CAS