New neighborhood centre-focused group coming to Altona this fall –

Residents of Altona and the encompassing space will quickly have entry to a brand new useful resource hub referred to as The Group Alternate.

The thought is rooted in a broader imaginative and prescient for the city’s future that encompasses a protected, impartial community-owned house to serves all residents.

Cal Funk is board chair for the 10-person steering committee. 

“We lately registered our identify and we’re The Group alternate. Our focus is to seek out methods, discover pathways to convey us collectively as neighborhood, individuals from all walks of life, from varied socioeconomic backgrounds, varied ethnic teams, gender identities. Only a protected and affirming place for individuals to hook up with in the neighborhood of Altona.”

Whereas the group might supply some programming, it is major focus shall be to behave as an incubator the place others can collect to work out their imaginative and prescient for the neighborhood.

“Together with that, the hope is, sooner or later, we additionally need to be a hub, a spot the place individuals can come to in the event that they’re trying to entry assets inside the neighborhood. That could possibly be something from any person new to the neighborhood that is questioning if there is a religion neighborhood or church that they will plug into, to people who find themselves searching for different forms of assets, whether or not it is leisure or if it is authorities providers or if it is household associated or authorized or monetary or any of the assorted assets that all of us want at totally different factors of time.”

Finally, explains Funk, what the middle affords shall be decided by contemplating alternatives distinctive to the realm and the individuals who need to convey them to fruition. 

The enterprise is specializing in three key areas.

“Considered one of them is meals gatherings. Every part from neighborhood meals, working with a few of our newcomers to our neighborhood, and having pop-up meals markets the place we’ve a chance to go to at least one location and expertise all kinds of ethnic meals. But it surely might additionally embody a restaurant the place the individuals can cease by and have a espresso and a muffin, and perhaps simply have a dialog about life.”

Different key areas embody serving as a hub for individuals to work out concepts for the neighborhood or discover assist in figuring out native assets, in addition to providing a spot the place individuals from all walks of life can collect to listen to every others tales and study collectively. 

The formal launch for this integrated charitable entity is deliberate for this fall, utilizing the constructing on Major Avenue that presently homes the Seeds church. 

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