Downtown outreach program begins today in North Bay
A development in North Bay will house Indigenous people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. (Stu Campaigne, MyWestNipissingNow.com staff)
It’s being billed as an innovative partnership between local social services agencies and community partners, the Healthy Community Ambassador Program will provide outreach services to vulnerable people in the downtown area and support to business owners and patrons.
The Healthy Community Ambassador Program is the result of an innovative partnership between local social service agencies and community partners, including Nipissing Mental Health Housing and Support Services, North Bay Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic-Downtown, North Bay Recovery Home, City of North Bay, North Bay Police Service, AIDS Committee of North Bay & Area, downtown property owners, the Gateway Hub, North Bay and District Chamber of Commerce and Downtown North Bay.
Beginning today, the Healthy Community Ambassador Program will see outreach workers, or “Ambassadors,” walk the downtown and engage with vulnerable individuals, ensuring they are connected with available services. These Ambassadors will assist downtown business owners and patrons by providing education and responding to situations that do not require police. They will be working in pairs and will be recognizable by the program T-shirts they will wear.