The Challenge: Moving Around
Over the last ten years, iHuman has been bounced around through a series of loaned and rented premises, once being homeless for four months. We have been at the mercy of Edmonton’s very active real estate development market. Consistency is a priority when working with youth that have trust and abandonment issues; each move challenges our ability to provide dependable and consistent programs and services. Every time we move we lose many of our youth who can’t or won’t move with us.
Solution: A Permanent Home
As part of our ongoing strategic and operational planning, iHuman identified that securing a permanent home will allow us to both deliver our essential services with more continuity and stability for our clientele, as well establishing expanded capacity to serve Edmonton’s predicted growing high risk youth population in the future.
A Home for Youth, A Place for Art” permanent facility project will allow for multi-arts programming, offices and interview space for our outreach staff and a much needed supportive housing component for youth. We also wish to incorporate additional space for community partners to encourage deeper collaboration between iHuman and other youth serving agencies.
iHuman has been able to take a major first step toward making our dream for a permanent home a reality. In May, 2012 we made a down payment to purchase a derelict warehouse on 102A Street. With 22,000 sq ft over two floors, it offers ample space for current and projected programming needs.
Renovate. Stabilize. Build Capacity.
The diversity of our programming requires specialized renovations that will include: