Teen Junction clients are backed by staff members Jenna Furtado and Ryan Robson and contractors who helped transform the kitchen at the Junction – (back row from left) Dave Danforth of Central Hardware

Teen Junction clients are backed by staff members Jenna Furtado and Ryan Robson and contractors who helped transform the kitchen at the Junction – (back row from left) Dave Danforth of Central Hardware

Contractors create new space

Teen Junction provides a space for youth to drop in for meals, internet access and activities.

A group of local contractors have transformed a once crammed, dreary space to help the Junction function.

Teen Junction provides a space for youth to drop in for meals, internet access and activities.

For many, the nightly hot meal is a main attraction to the safe, judgement-free space.

“A lot of these kids come here just to eat,” said Gavin Parsons, who recently joined approximately 10 contractors to renovate the current kitchen space.

Along with his company, Gavin Parsons Homes, the renovation came to life thanks to Morgan’s Glass, NorVal Rentals, Arrowhead Electric, Homestead Drywall, Taylor Painting and Decorating, Greystokes Cabinetry, Heinman Masonry, Central Hardware, Darin’s Plumbing and Comfort Zone Heating and Air Conditioning.

“They all volunteered experience, materials, whatever they could,” said Parsons.

The project, which was initiated due to safety concerns, also included funding from the Community Foundation.

“It’s a brighter, happier space,” said Debbie Schiller, executive director of the Junction Literacy Centre, which operates Teen Junction.

“They (youth) love, love, love the changes.”

Parsons has routinely lent a hand to the Junction, as his wife, Marlene is on the board, so he hears first-hand about the good work done and the needs.

“I’m the one that got them all into this,” laughed Marlene.

The transformation not only provides a brighter and more efficient space, it is creating more smiles at the Junction.

“We really feel psychologically it’s going to help,” said Marlene as the space hosts up to 20 youth a night.

Anyone who would like to help the Junction function can visit www.teenjunctionyouthcentre.ca