On October 1, 1984, a proposal was developed and submitted by the Tenant Relations Division for approval to CMHC and the St. John’s City Council for a Community Centre to be located at 87 Froude Avenue. The Purpose of the Centre was to encourage the tenants in different housing projects to become more involved in their communities.
In the efforts to meet the objectives noted above, the staff of the Tenant Relations Division began meeting with the residents of Froude, Vickers, Vimy, and Cashin Avenue. In all 109 home visits were made. These visits helped N.L.H.C. to identify some of the needs which exist in the community.
The need for a program that would cater to pre-school children (ages 3-5 years)
The need for programs/activities which would serve children of different age groups
The need for programs designed specifically for single parents
The need for a senior citizen program
A proposal was then submitted to the Department of Social Services for a community Development Grant as to ensure funding for the operations of a Community Centre. The Grant was Approved and a Coordinator was hired. On May 13, 1985, the Froude Avenue Community Centre officially opened as the first multi-purpose facility for residents of non-profit housing.