As moving day nears for members of a longtime charity, the only list they’re concerned about double-checking involves packing.
Ottawa Neighbourhood Services is relocating to 10 Rideau Heights Dr., near W. Hunt Club Rd. and Prince of Wales Dr.
“It’s been chaos. It’s a large move and we’re just attempting to get that underway and hopefully be finished before the end of the month,” said ONS president Patricia Lemieux.
At the new location, “it’s a smaller storefront, but has big warehouse space,” she said.
Packing up the 250 City Centre Ave. location is cumbersome.
“It’s overwhelming for all our volunteers,” she said.
They have to be out of the old space by Dec. 31.
Fortunately, a lot of people are willing to offer help, “so that’s our saving grace,” Lemieux said.
The charity has been supporting residents, including fire victims, for 80 years.
On July 15, the charity was torched and the case is “definitely not closed,” said Lemieux.
The back wall and dumpster were set on fire and a $10,000 reward for tips leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect(s) still stands.
“There has to be somebody out there that knows something,” said Lemieux.
The grand opening takes place Jan. 3.
For details, call 613-728-3737 or visit ottawaneighbourhoodservices.ca
Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call Ottawa police arson investigators at 613-236-1222 ext. 2199 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.