At 2 pm this afternoon, Lieutenant Governor Frank Fagan will be officiating the launch of Cochrane Street United Church’s Revitalization Project. To mark 100 years of serving the community, the church will now open its property up to house 10 supportive housing units, not-for-profit rental offices, and a meeting and kitchen space that can also support community programs. It will also create an enhanced performance space for the arts.
They have officially established Cochrane Community Outreach and Performance Centre Inc. (CCOPC) as “a not-for-profit organization with the vision of serving as a community and performance centre in the heart of St. John’s. The entire Cochrane Street complex will be repurposed in a manner that recognizes the history of the building, and the congregation, while offering a range of community focused programs and services.
“This June marks the 100th anniversary of the building of the Church which provides the perfect time to launch the Revitalization Project. [Today] we will be honouring our past, celebrating our present, and launching our dream for the future.”
Supportive Housing offers a combination of housing and services meant to help people facing a challenge live a more stable, comfortable, and productive life (through things as diverse as job training for the homeless or addiction programs for those afflicted with addictions). As an arts space, CCOPC is open to many disciplines availing of the space: music, visual arts, theatre, and other performance arts among them.