The ASK Wellness Society offices in Merritt are going to be on the move in the near future, as the health outreach organization continues to grow in scope within the city. The new location is 2196 Quilchena Ave.

ASK Wellness’ origins in Merritt can be traced back to a decade ago, when a single operator from the Kamloops branch provided services to Merritt out of the back of his car a couple days per week. Since then, the society and it’s programming have grown considerably.

“We have two outreach workers, a health navigator, a street outreach worker, a shop worker, a front intake worker, we’ve got directors of operations, and we’re just looking at increasing our housing inventory as well. We are busy and our programming is growing,” explained Stacey Wormell-Street, co-director of operations with ASK Wellness Society Merritt.

The society currently operates out of an office in the Trade Winds apartment building on Granite Avenue — a 28-unit subsidized housing apartment complex that ASK Wellness also manages. Trade Winds is subsidized by BC Housing, and is open to anyone 55 and over, or anyone with a disability. The society will continue to manage the complex, even after the move to the new location on Quichena Avenue.

For Wormell-Street, the move to a larger, more central location has a couple of key benefits for the people who require ASK Wellness’ services.

“Our location will be a little bit more accessible for folks who are spending a lot of time on the streets. We’re going to have more room so our clients aren’t going to feel as closed in, as they do in our space right now. They’re going to have a little more privacy,” she said, adding that the new location also opens up opportunities for more outreach programming geared towards the street-entrenched population.

“We are looking forward to running more outreach programming, budgeting, how to be safe on the streets, and naloxone clinics we’re going to be running.

The ASK Wellness Society is anticipating the big move to happen in early August.