COASTAL District Care Centre can now stand on its own two feet after securing a peppercorn lease with the City of Rockingham for its own and bigger premises.
Moving from its single garage space on Council Avenue, the centre is now in the premises of the former Fun Station on Hefron Street, Rockingham.
The driving force behind emergency relief centre, chairwoman Gill Harris, said the bigger premises allows them to help more people in desperate need of assistance.
“It means an independence that gives us more incentives and assistance to help people,” she said.
“There are so many people to thank, groups and organisations that help us out, and I thank them all.
“I especially want to thank our volunteer Toni Powell and the rest of the volunteers for their indispensible help. And I want to say a special thank you to my husband, Ray.”
Officially opening the centre was Premier Mark McGowan along with Warnbro MLA Paul Papalia and Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby.
Mr McGowan said it was an invaluable service for those in desperate need.
“Food, swags and perhaps a friendly ear makes all the difference to people; if you are down on your luck, you don’t really want to be lectured by people, you just want support,” he said.
“Thank you so much for making this building available. It’s a lovely thing to do for people in need.
“I declare it open.”
Councillor Leigh Liley was present on behalf of the City of Rockingham.
Coastal District Care Centre Emergency Relief now has extended opening hours, Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am-noon.