Thursday, September 24, 2020

We're Moving!

We Can't Wait to Welcome You Back!

It has been months since my last communication and I want to apologize. I have been busy in the background trying to get a few things ready as we have had to remain closed due to health restrictions and concerns with our current location to be able to manage thrift store and retail restrictions. While we are typically not open very much during the summer, I know many people have been thinking about us and waiting for us to re-open.

THE GOOD NEWS! We will be re-opening soon in a brand new location. I am excited about this new space for a few reasons. The first is that we will FINALLY be in our first accessible location!!! I am excited to be able to welcome those in chairs or with walkers who have been unable to access our services in the past 5 years. There is also ample parking in the back of the building and on the street in front of the space making donation drop-off's really easy! While we may not have the same foot traffic and we will now have a modest lease, I am excited to start a new adventure in our new space. 

Renovations are continuing in this new space and we will be unable to start operations immediately,
however we will be moving all of our supplies this weekend (Sat, Sep 26). I wanted to send a big thank you to our members Marie and Natasha for stepping up to help with this daunting task of moving RASE. Their volunteerism will help us save the costly expenses of hiring a moving company. Thank you!

I wanted to also thank all of the Creative City Centre staff and, in particular, Marian Donnelly, for welcoming us back in 2017. This creative hub that we have the pleasure to call home will be missed. It has truly been a joy working with their staff and all of the tenants for the past 3 years.

So what happens next?
Keep your eyes peeled for announcements about re-opening. We still have to develop a safe work policy under current restrictions and renovations are still being completed at our new site. Operations will look different and we will do our best to adhere to current restrictions, so, you feel safe visiting our space.

Feel free to reach out on social media or by e-mail if you have any questions. I am excited to start this new adventure with you all!

Erika Folnović
Executive Director