CMHA Thompson will be covering up Graffiti in the city this year.
The Graffiti Cover-Up is a free service where volunteers from the CMHA career programs paint over graffiti for businesses in the city, and will cover a variety of surfaces, including concrete, vinyl, masonry, and wood.
The goal of the program is to help support people living with mental health issues by allowing them to gain social skills and work experience.
Katherine Rushton, the Education and Training program coordinator at the CMHA, explains the impact graffiti can have on people whose property was vandalised.
“Graffiti can be demoralizing. It can make us feel that we don’t have control over our own space, especially if you are a business and you might not want your outside walls tagged, you might not want the slogans. Of course, it can be profanity, as well, which none of us need to be looking at. It’s not helpful for our youth, either.”
The program will run from July 2nd to September 13th.
People interested in having graffiti covered up can find the Graffiti Cover-Up request form at Thompson dot CMHA dot C-A.