Newsflash – Distress Centre

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The Boards of the Distress Centre of Windsor-Essex and the Downtown Mission are pleased to announce that the Distress Centre of Windsor-Essex County (DC), as a new program of the Downtown Mission (DM), will continue to offer its valuable services to people experiencing a need for support.

The Distress Centre is now a fully integrated program of the mission, effective February 5, 2016. “The Mission is pleased to be the new caretaker of this incredible community service,” states Ron Dunn, DM Executive Director. “It’s a natural extension of the programming we provide for people who are hurting and is another important service for those in distress. Most importantly, there will be no disruption of the current Distress Centre program offerings to people in our community in need of emotional support, crisis intervention or referrals.” Rukshini Ponniah-Goulin, DC Executive Director adds: “The Distress Centre has found a new home at the Mission and we are pleased our staff and volunteers will be able to continue to provide the high level of support to people who are having a crisis and require help, compassion, and the human touch of our organization.”  The DC is supported by 70 volunteers and receives about 3,000 phone calls (at 519-256-5000) each year from people needing support, information about services in the area, empathy and understanding about a distressing situation, or crisis counselling for people in distress. Ponniah-Goulin will continue to lead this program as a Director and member of the leadership team at the Downtown Mission. Log onto either website to find out more on these two organizations and


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