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2012-09-26 at 16:29

Moved in

By Jodi Lundmark,
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Thunder Bay District Social Services Administration Board staff and clients have had a relatively seamless transition into the new 54,000 square foot May Street building.

Although the building opened and staff moved into the new facility in February, Thunder Bay DSSAB celebrated the grand opening of its new $13.4 million home Wednesday afternoon.

Formerly housed in three separate locations throughout the city, DSSAB now offers Ontario Works, Children’s Services and Social Housing all under one roof.

“It’s helped staff because now that we’re all in one location instead of three there’s the ability to discuss matters regarding clients and tenants more collaboratively and it just makes thing much easier not having to travel across town for meetings and that kind of thing,” said acting CAO Bill Bradica.

The staff also enjoys some added perks of the building such as natural lighting, added Bradica.

Clients have also seen the benefits of having a one-stop shop instead of travelling to various locations throughout the city.
“There’s one reception desk and they’re able to apply for services for Ontario Works, children’s services and housing at one location,” noted Bradica.

TBDSSAB chairman Bob Katajamaki said they did a survey of where their clients were concentrated and a Fort William location made the most sense.

“It’s easier and the bus service is right here at City Hall. It makes it a lot easier for everybody,” he said.

“People aren’t having to drive all over the city,” Katajamaki added.

Bradica said the move back in February went smoothly and the transition only saw minor issues that were solved quickly.

“We were able to serve clients immediately and things have actually gone probably better than we expected in many ways,” he said.

TBDSSAB has about 250 people walk in daily to access services and has satellite offices in Geraldton, Longlac, Manitouwadge, Marathon, Schreiber and Nipigon.


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mercy mercy me says:
13.4 million would buy a lot of winter clothing and and fill the food bank shelves...all for ian anguish's legacy
9/27/2012 5:40:43 AM
jimmyboy says:
The number of 250 people per day accessing their services is quite a staggering figure...which in a city that is booming from all the reports and statements from the likes of our mayor...and especially council member Aldo Ruberto.

I guess this is one of those shining examples signs of all the prosperity here in Thunder Bay that I do not fully understand.
9/27/2012 6:25:41 AM
ranma says:
This is a horrible location. Sure it is right by the bus terminal and city hall, but there is no parking at all for staff, or for anyone else. At least at their last location there was plenty of room for parking, and you didn't have to worry about being approached for change by people waiting for the bus at the terminal.
9/27/2012 11:21:45 AM
Bobby Knock says:
Can't believe they designed a hallway with the interview rooms parallel to Arthur street and all with windows so we can see applicants being brought to the interview rooms. Really cant give these welfare recipients any dignity and stop condescending them in any way possible? Meanwhile we pay these overpaid counsellors to harass them in any way possible.
9/27/2012 12:29:28 PM
realist72 says:
The "welfare" recipients should be drug tested, including alcohol and tobacco. They should be given smart cards that work only at grocery and clothing stores.
Our tax dollars should not be funding any substance abuse.
If you choose not to comply with those expectations you have another choice. Work or achieve an education through social funding and learn how to provide for yourself and your fmaily.
I make these comments realizing fully, that there are a percentage of the population that require help from the rest of us.
9/27/2012 12:59:13 PM
unionmary says:
whine whine whine,,,everybody is so negative. I attended the grand opening and saw that it is a great building for a productive working environment. Plenty is offered to help a client re-enter working society.
9/27/2012 7:47:48 PM
meta says:
great location... staff love it. What a laugh

What about the complete lack of space, horific cost and waste of taxpayer's money or staff that was recently hit by a truck right outside the building.

More stories and cover ups by those that are good at manuipuating the truth!
9/27/2012 8:32:38 PM
The Badger Mountain Hermit says:
I wonder why so many articles this morn won't allow Public Comments. Is this sort of a "truthurtsphobia"?
9/28/2012 10:10:51 AM
Tom Sanderson says:
They were blocked so the tbt staff wouldn't have to sort through all the moronic comments some people are know to make....
9/30/2012 9:03:10 AM
tutone says:
Actually "Bobby Knock" the hallway you see on the Arthur Street side is only accessed by the workers. Clients access the interview rooms on the opposite side of the room where there are no windows. You might know this if you actually came to the open house for a tour.

And "meta" the staff memeber that was hit outside the building was crossing in the crosswalk and was hit by a vehicle who did not have the right of way as the walk symbol was up at the time. Had nothing to do with the location of the building... just wrong place at the wrong time.
9/28/2012 10:59:07 AM
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