ICYA Director Kent Dueck kneels by evidence of fire damage.

Localized fire damages ICYA workshop

Article courtesy of The Messenger (www.emconf.ca/Messenger)

Fire damaged the workshop at Inner City Youth Alive, a Christian ministry in Winnipeg’s North End, in the early evening of Wednesday, April 30. Local residents and Winnipeg’s fire service responded to contain the fire. No one was injured in the incident.

Inner City Youth Alive, which has served for 22 years on Aberdeen Ave., has a work education program (including its workshop program), a private school, a drop-in centre, a church plant, a camping program, and more.

Two EMC national office staff members visited the site on Thursday morning, May 1. At that time, there was no firm current dollar estimate of the damage, nor any clear understanding of the wider structural damage that the fire might have caused. A later estimate put the damage at $250,000.

It is hoped that most of Inner City’s ministries will continue shortly, according to director Kent Dueck, though some ministries (including that of the workshop program) will be delayed perhaps for two months. Safety inspections need to occur and the cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

ICYA does have insurance. ICYA is grateful for community support shown by calling the fire department and working to contain the fire. It welcomes prayers as it makes necessary plans and temporary adjustments.

EM churches are welcome to remember ICYA’s staff and situation in prayer, to assist through donations toward a sprinkler system, and to contact ICYA before sending volunteers.

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