Endaayaan Awejaa youth drop-in center opens Main St. location

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The doors opened yesterday to Endaayaan Awejaa’s new downtown location on 187 Main St. West.

It was a special day for the non-profit organization, as now they have a place to call home, and to welcome the community’s youth to.

Before securing the funds to rent office space on Main, the group operated on a mobile basis, offering support and assistance to those in need.

The group will continue to do that, but now have a permanent location from which to base their charitable operations.

“Endaayaan Awejaa is a grassroots, non-profit organization working with Indigenous youth and families” within the Nipissing, North Bay and surrounding areas, explained Natasha Lariviere, founder and CEO of the group.

The new location allows youth to drop-in during the weekdays to talk with a group member, watch TV, warm up, and access information on local services available to them, if need be.

“We offer programming through arts and culture, reconciliation, education and harm reduction,” Lariviere said, and “our vision is to create workshops to promote healthy living and engage youth towards a path that caters to their strengths and sets them up for success.”

The new space contains a rather large boardroom in the back, ideal for hosting those meetings and workshops, which should be rolling out in the upcoming weeks.

The organization also helps the community by providing care packages consisting of toiletries and grocery gift cards, wellness check-ins, recovery support, peer support, and other services.

“We help provide support for youth that are facing crisis whether it be identity, homelessness, and addictions,” Lariviere emphasized.

“At Endaayaan Awejaa we strive to help youth feel safe and help them build a solid foundation for life.”

For more information, follow Endaayaan Awejaa on Facebook, Instagram, or by email at general-endaayaan@gmail.com. People are also welcome to drop by throughout the week, or visit their website.

David Briggs, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, BayToday.ca

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