Guests who attended the opening of Mission Community Services Society’s new building were treated to a brief tour. / Kevin Mills Photo

Guests who attended the opening of Mission Community Services Society’s new building were treated to a brief tour. / Kevin Mills Photo

MCSS Early Years programming and Family Services has found a new, permanent home

Mission Community Services Society’s new building located at 33313 3rd Ave.

Mission Community Services Society’s (MCSS) Early Years programming and Family Services has found a new, permanent home at 33313 3rd Ave., in Mission.

MCSS has been providing Early Years and Family programming to residents of Mission for more than 40 years.

Thanks to the kindness of the estate of Patricia Hoydal whose generous bequeath gave the down payment on the building, MCSS was able to secure the building after some turbulent efforts.

“This building was a dream and it took a lot of patience and multiple dropped deals to get here. I think, in total, there were 17 offers. Most were verbally accepted, but never signed so they kept dying. It was quite the roller coaster to say the least. Our Early Years programming, and particularly Family Place, have had to move around a lot over the years. Last year, when we were given short notice to move, again, I realized something had to be done,” explained Michelle Puffer, executive director of MCSS.

Once everything is complete, there will be an outdoor play and meeting area for families, some gardens and indoors will house a Toy Lending Library, Family Place and all of the Early Years Programming, as well as offices for some of the Family and Youth Services staff.

To find out more information on programming please visit their website at MissionCommunityServices.com or call 604-826-3634.

“We know that over the coming years families will find many resources here to help them on their journey, wherever that road leads them. Having this permanent space will ensure the future of tomorrow has the supports they need, today,” said Puffer.