History of the FORT
In 2000, Arnold saw a need to establish a youth support centre over concerns about a lack of resources for local youth. Young people in distress in West Niagara had no place to find help without travelling to St. Catharines or Hamilton. Support from the community was well received and a location was secured in December 2000 at 5 Robinson St. North, Grimsby. A board of Directors was formed in February 2001. Donations of furniture and funds were received from the community. Over 50 volunteers signed up to help at the FORT. Doors of the FORT opened March 1, 2001. As The FORT grew, a larger more permanent location was needed and the FORT moved to 25 Adelaide St. where it is currently located.
Since 2001, the FORT has been a necessary resource and recreation centre for youth living in Grimsby and the surrounding area. We are committed to providing free, confidential and supportive services addressing a wide variety of needs. In July of 2012, the FORT opened its doors in Smithville Arena to serve the youth of West Lincoln.
Organizational Structure and Board of Directors
The FORT is governed by a community based, voluntary Board of Directors selected from the Niagara Peninsula. Board members are appointed for a term as designated by that position. The Board of Directors endeavours to retain expertise in many fields: medical, community services, finance, human resources, health and safety, business, management, legal and municipal services. Funding for the FORT is received from individuals, community groups, service clubs and corporations.
As a community organization we strive to empower youth to make positive and successful life choices through opportunities and guidance.
“Our attitude towards life determines life’s attitude towards us”
The FORT is grateful to those in the community who continue to support us in our mission: