The Chibougamau Eenou Friendship Centre will be ending its hostel service effective July 1.

The hostel was one of the first services developed by the Friendship Centre in the early 1970s, and was largely funded by Health Canada until 1985. Never renewed or replaced, this lack of funding has led to a long-term growing shortfall that can no longer be absorbed by the centre.

The kitchen remains available during the day and the centre will be diversifying its services in the coming months.

People are invited to drop in for a cup of coffee and to check out the ongoing activities and events. The board and staff wishes to thank the many people who have been involved with and cared for the hostel over the past 40 years.