The North Lambton Community Health Centre Board of Directors has reached out to reassure the community and make very clear that the Forest Community Health Centre site is not closing.
As has been reported in the media, North Lambton Social Services (NLSS), a tenant of Forest Community Health Centre, will not be able to continue operations after Mar. 31 due to funding issues.
The vital community agencies under the co-ordination of NLSS are aware that the same space is available at North Lambton Community Health Centre (NLCHC) for continuation of their services.
The NLCHC said it will work with any of the agencies to ensure a seamless transition if they choose to remain on-site. The community agencies are welcome to remain at the Centre with no interruption to client services at no additional cost.
The Canadian Mental Health Association moved from NLSS in 2011 with no noticeable change in service. Sarnia Lambton Rebound, The Workplace Group and the Red Cross have contacted the NLCHC and have secured space to continue delivering services.
Additional meetings have been scheduled with agencies and, most importantly, there is space available for any agency who wishes to remain in their current location.
The NLCHC Board said in a statement, "The full-time dedicated resources of our experienced administrative team will support the agencies. Our professional staff, including nurses, social workers and dietitians who have been a resource to the NLSS over the years, will continue in this role."
The NLCHC added that it recognizes the value of these agencies ability to provide accessible services to the North Lambton community. We are pleased to facilitate the continuance of these services.