Friends: Aid to Women is a pregnancy centre next door to an abortion clinic in downtown Toronto. They are asking for help, see below. This does seem like a good opportunity to get on the street level and help more women. Spread the word.
We have an opportunity for a suitable co-tenant at our downtown Toronto location and are hoping that you can assist us in our search.
As you may know, Aid to Women is a unique kind of crisis pregnancy centre. Our office and counselling space is located next door to the ‘Cabbagetown Women’s Clinic’ abortuary. Our primary focus is on counselling the women who are entering the abortuary, or who mistakenly walk up to our office thinking it is the abortuary.
…Ideally we’d be located at the street level next to the abortuary, but that space has never been available to us. This spring, however, the store that occupied the street level space closed its doors and we have the opportunity we’ve wished for nearly 20 years.
Renting the street level commercial space presents us with a unique opportunity to dramatically increase our effectiveness. We know that asking women to enter our offices on the second floor discourages many women from accepting our offer of counselling. … Our visibility and our outreach would become so much more impactful.
The landlord has offered the main floor space to us, but the cost of the monthly rent, (as well as the property tax and utilities payments) is very challenging for us. We are currently in a long-term lease for the second floor, so would need to cover the carrying costs for the whole building. We are trying to negotiate a more reasonable rental fee, because we feel that this opportunity may not come along again for some time, if we let it go.
So, for all the above reasons, we would like to reach out to our non-profit, pro-life friends to ask whether you would know an organization, or be interested in sharing our space in the house. If we move our office and counselling space to the main floor, the office space upstairs (recently extensively renovated) will be available for sublet to someone else. We are hoping to share the space with the new tenant because we will require access to the kitchen and the storage area on the third floor. Over time, this access would likely diminish as we would progress to renovate the space downstairs to accommodate our needs.
We are reaching out to you for assistance in finding a suitable co-tenant. If you think your organization may be interested, or you know of an organization that is looking for reasonably priced office space downtown Toronto , please drop us a line and let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you kindly,
Elena Repka, on behalf of the Aid to Women Board of Directors