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PROJECT UPDATE: COMMUNITY KITCHEN FUNDRAISING UNDERWAY

 

As the LRCA Affordable Housing Project rises at the corner of Third Avenue and Buller Street in Ladysmith, focus is turning to fundraising opportunities to equip the building's first-floor community kitchen and multipurpose hall which should be complete by the fall of this year.

The LRCA is already engaged in the campaign, seeking grants and other special funds, and will soon be connecting with Ladysmith's philanthropic businesses, organizations and individuals in the weeks to come.  The LRCA is gearing up to announce its public fundraising target to equip the space with commercial-grade appliances.

Donations can already be posted with the click of a mouse at the LRCA donation button at https://www.lrca.ca/donate/ under the category choice of Community Kitchen/Multipurpose Hall.  Cheques are also being accepted by the LRCA front office at its Second Avenue location.  Receipts for these charitable donations will be provided.

The kitchen and hall will be a venue to gather, to connect and to belong.  This is where the community's seniors, parents and children, youth and people with developmental disabilities will gather.

It will also be a community hub for new and existing programming.  Activities will potentially include literary programs, life and social skill programs, and providing food, meals, and space for everything from social celebrations and corporate workshops.

The LRCA envisions the 471-square-foot community kitchen and 889-square-foot multi-purpose hall as a vibrant space of good food, delicious smells, sharing, learning and friendship. It is open to sunlight through large windows and glass doors with entry three sides.  The hall will facilitate up to 60 people.

The building will feature 36 units for seniors, families and people with developmental disabilities.

See coverage in the Ladysmith Chronicle HERE.

Pat Edge (at left, above), before she died in 2012, bequeathed her home to the LRCA which through its sale helped fund the purchase of Evangelist Anglican Church property for the project.  Read more about Pat HERE.
The church's bell, pinnacle of the steeple (given to Ladysmith Historical Society) and two pews were saved before demolition and those pews will be restored and used in the new building.

LRCA CORE FUNCTIONS

The LRCA is a non-profit charity that serves unique and diverse individuals and families by offering resources and services that enhance the quality of life in Ladysmith and surrounding area.  The LRCA has a renewed mission, a purposeful direction to “enrich the lives of the people in the community through advocacy, programs and partnerships.”