Launched a mobile resource unit and community closet to help vulnerable people in Quinte West, Ontario. -Kingston

The Town of Quinte West in Southern Ontario has launched a Mobile Community Resource Unit and Community Closet to help support the vulnerable population in the area.

The MCRU is located at 97 Front Street, Trenton, and aims to connect residents to mental health and addictions programs and support services.

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“The MCRU is a key outcome of the City’s Community Safety and Wellbeing Plan and plays an important role in the City’s response to community mental health and addictions issues,” said Laurie Caouette, Plan Coordinator. CSWB of Quinte West.

“We want to make sure residents are aware of the services available in their community and provide opportunities and activities to improve mental health and reduce isolation through MCRU’s outreach efforts.”

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The unit will host a number of activities throughout the summer, including seated yoga, senior safety sessions and an overdose awareness event on August 31.

“Through September 2, partner agencies including Belleville and Quinte West Community Health Center, St. Leonard’s Community Support, Prevention and Residential Services, Quinte West Youth Center, OPP Ontario, the IMPACT team and others will be on site at the MRCU on a rotating basis to meet the public and discuss local programs,” adds Caouette.

In addition to the MCRU, a community closet will also be located on site.

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The cabinet will contain food items as well as hygiene products and will operate on a give-and-take model within the community.

Donations can be made in person at the MCRU and at the Community Cabinet site on Front Street.

The cupboard will remain open 24 hours a day to facilitate access for residents.

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