Thank you for taking the time to learn about the upcoming opportunity for The Neighbour Centre to merge with The Mustard Seed.
This merger will advance The Neighbour Centre in three critical ways. It will:
- Expand the programs and services available to neighbours – providing a more well-rounded support to neighbours who often journey between agencies.
- Provide the infrastructure (such as IT, human resources and accounting) necessary to continue meeting neighbours’ needs in the Old Strathcona community.
- Elevate key positions at the Centre, allowing our staff’s expertise and unique philosophy for service to influence more programs – spreading its reach throughout Edmonton.
Below are several resources that will provide you more in-depth information in preparation for the Town Hall Meeting, where questions about the merger can be discussed, and the Membership Meeting, where a vote on the merger will be called. If you have any additional questions, please contact Kris Knutson, Executive Director by clicking here.
Upcoming Meeting Information:
- Town Hall Meeting: Thursday, May 19th, 2016 @ 5:30pm at Calvary Lutheran Church (10815 76 Ave NW). The Board of Directors and leaders from The Neighbour Centre and The Mustard Seed will be in attendance to answer questions.
- Membership Meeting to Vote on Merger: Monday, May 30th, 2016 @ 5:30pm at Calvary Lutheran Church (10815 76 Ave NW).
- Letter to friends of The Neighbour Centre (Mailed May 1, 2016)
- Merger Proposal
- Memorandum of Understanding between The Neighbour Centre & The Mustard Seed
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Why is the Centre considering a merger?
The Centre has grown exponentially since opening its doors 3 years ago. As neighbours’ needs continue to grow, this opportunity allows the Centre to adopt a much needed infrastructure that will help staff continue to meet the needs of our community.
- Will Centre programs and services to neighbours be impacted?
No. All programs will continue to operate at the Centre. Additionally, this merger will increase the access our neighbours have to services across the city.
- How does The Mustard Seed benefit from this merger?
This merger increases the efficiency and well-rounded spectrum of supports available for neighbours accessing services. Additionally, sharing staff resources will create one team, filled with the best and brightest talent in our industry. Together, we will be leaders in Alberta – developing and offering the most creative, comprehensive, and effective solutions to poverty reduction and community development.
- Will the Centre retain its identity?
The Mustard Seed recognizes the value and strength of The Neighbour Centre’s brand and identity. Professional consultants have been hired to guide this portion of the merger.
- Will staff be laid off?
No. All permanent staff of The Neighbour Centre will be provided a job equal or greater to their current position. Additionally, this merger will provide benefits, such as health care and retirement savings, to all employees.
- How will this impact the Centre financially?
By partnering with The Mustard Seed, the Centre increases its scope and leverage for funding opportunities from granting organizations – which will aid the Centre as it seeks investments for future opportunities. And, similar to the Centre, The Mustard Seed is supported in large part by gifts from individual community members. Therefore, the Centre will continue to rely on the generosity of individuals, like you, to support ongoing programming and services.
- How will this impact volunteers?
Volunteers will remain an important and vital part of service delivery at the Centre. Volunteers will still be needed to fulfill ongoing roles at the Resource Centre, Dinner Club, and The Open Door program. Additionally, volunteers will have the opportunity to donate their time within other Mustard Seed programs as well.
- What will happen to the Edmonton Do Likewise Society?
The society will dissolve, as the Centre will be fully adopted into The Mustard Seed.