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Krasman Centre celebrates re-opening and 25th anniversary

August 3, 2023   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

The Krasman Centre in Alliston has once again opened its doors and is helping people through its programs and drop-in services.

After a devastating fire last year, the centre had to close to have its interior repaired and renovated after receiving considerable damage from flames, smoke, and water.

The centre held a barbecue on Thursday, July 28, to celebrate the re-opening and let the public know they are back up and running.

“The Krasman Centre is a consumer survivor initiative,” explained Kalisha Goodberry, Drop-in Centres Manager. “It is a space were all people with the lived experience of mental health, addictions, homelessness or housing issues, can support each other. Everyone who works here has lived experiences in those areas as well. We provide peer support, a 24-hour crisis line, drop-in centres, housing program, and we have people working in hospitals as peer supporters. We create a space for people to support each other outside of a clinical space. Some folks [receive] peer support on its own, and others prefer it in tandem with clinical services.”

After the fire, the centre was forced to stop operations at its Alliston location.

“We had a fire just over a year ago,” Kalisha explained. “We have restored the inside, and it’s also our 25th anniversary. The fire was in back, so we lost our back wall and there was other damage.”

Previously, the location was used by My Friend’s Place, but they amalgamated with the Krasman Centre in 2009.

The Krasman Centre started in Richmond Hill as a resource centre with drop-in centres in Newmarket, Georgina, and outreach in New Tecumseth and York Region.

The centre hosted the barbecue at its Paris St. location to both celebrate the 25th anniversary as well as to let everyone know they are now open to help those who need their valuable services.

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