Family Centre prepares for King St relocation
Family Centre is preparing to move into its new premises at the former Sunshine League House on King Street in Hamilton this week.
In a statement, the charity described it as “the biggest move in their 27-year history”.
The Sunshine League's headquarters, which provided a home for children for more than 50 years, was given to Family Centre in April 2017.
Sunshine League closed last year after a prolonged period of financial hardship.
Family Centre executive director Martha Dismont said: “With the appropriate approvals in hand, we are planning to move to our new home before March 1.
“We recognise that our move to Sunshine League House carries with it a major responsibility to continue the legacy and commitment of Agnes May Robinson, the founder of the Sunshine League Home, to care and nurture Bermuda's forgotten children. Taking responsibility for this property means much more to us than simply moving into a building.
“We are privileged to be granted this property and the gauntlet to carry forward this important legacy.”
She added: “At Family Centre, our mission is to strengthen families and support systems to create a healthier Bermuda for our children. We will not be running a residential programme. Today, children need to be connected to family.
“We will ensure that this property becomes a place where our specialised programmes and prevention initiatives provide children and families with the skills they need to be successful.”
Family Centre board chairman Justin Freisenbruch said: “An open house is being planned for early April to acknowledge the donors who have made this move possible and will include an opportunity for the public to also donate towards the renovation expense.”
Family Centre hopes to begin moving into its new home today, with the expectation to be completely in the new location by next Wednesday. Offices will be closed from today until Friday to accommodate the move and will reopen on Monday in its new location.