Ksan Place opens as new space for community

KSAN PLACE opened yesterday with new space to run programs for people in the community.

KSAN PLACE coordinator Darlene Westerman

KSAN PLACE opened yesterday with new space to run programs for people in the community.

The building, which started out as a rooming house many years ago with eight to 10 bedrooms, now holds a commercial kitchen where cooking classes can be held and the Frugalicious Fridays program are expected to take place too.

There’s a meeting room, a common area with sofas, a table, chairs and bookshelves with books and games for children.

The space is perfect as it’s located next to the greenhouse project and community gardens, says Ksan Place coordinator Darlene Westerman.

Workshops can be done on canning and preserving and will be an opportunity for those who live in the emergency shelter, which is the largest part of the building that faces Hall St. on the southside, to take part in to learn some skills.

Programs could include after school activities, a women’s trauma group, children who witness violence in relationships program and a program for parents with challenging children.

Public health may come to do health clinics and the library is expected to be approached about holding story times for children.

Renovations to the building include construction of a commercial kitchen with ample cupboard and counter space, huge sinks and appliances, and new windows, walls and flooring.

Some original wood wall panelling has been left as is.

The damp shelter, which is part of the building but separated from Ksan House by a fire door and a separate entrance, got new carpet and windows. Two bedrooms will help house those who come in for the night.

All that remains to be done are the addition of taps, sink and a dishwasher in the commercial kitchen.

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