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The Community Village

Impacts Northern Alberta

RADF Investment: $333,300

Other Investment: $898,880

Total Investment: $1,232,180

Project Period: January 2008–December 2010

Community Development Community Development

Project Description

This project by the Community Village Society of the Peace Country (CVS) will bring together Peace Country non-profit organizations and social businesses to better coordinate, reach, and serve Aboriginal people, the homeless, the disadvantaged, youth at risk, and those at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS. The Community Village will occupy more than 21,000 square feet of space (formerly the St. Joseph's Catholic Church) in Grande Prairie. Six agencies have committed to be tenants while another five are expected to sign up soon.

Expected Outcomes and Benefits                                

All projects go through a selection process to ensure they will improve the quality of life for Albertans. This project meets this objective through the following outcomes and benefits:

  • Provide better access to services and programs for clients
  • Overcome chronic barrier of traditional social services where clients are reluctant to meet in an office setting
  • Streamline referrals between agencies to help ensure clients have access to all the services they require
  • Enhance programming and service delivery
  • Improve quality of life for clients
  • Increase the number of inter-agency and community referrals
  • Significant savings will be realized for participating tenant organizations due to sharing resources such as space, photocopier, Internet, and other business supports
  • Raise the quality of life for many Grande Prairie residents