Once upon a time
South Gate Centre can trace it’s roots back to 1955 with the establishment of Woodstock’s very first Senior Citizen’s Club, under the direction of Mrs. Alice Thomson. She believed seniors should have a “home away from home” which also provided the sense of dignity and satisfaction that came from helping others. The local YMCA and the Moose Hall took turns hosting those first monthly meetings.
A small bungalow on Finkle Street became the first designated drop-in centre in 1960. A move to a new location on Dundas Street followed in 1972 when the membership out grew Finkle Street. By 1982 membership had increased to the point where the very first paid Executive Director was hired. This was quickly followed by a full-time secretary the following year.
As membership climbed to 800 it was necessary to look for a new site once again. After a few years of scouting we made our way to our current location at 191 Old Wellington Street South!
Our membership today is still over the 800 mark and we find that we are “bursting at the seams” once again as we grow and enhance our programs and services. This is such a wonderful testament to continuing the commitment first made by Mrs. Alice Thomson to create a place where people could feel at home and be provided with a sense of dignity and satisfaction that comes from helping others!