MIDLAND – Construction on the new location of The Guesthouse Shelter in Midland has been stalled since June due to lack of funds, according to CEO Robert Sykes.
“We need this community to show their generosity so that we can finally open the new shelter before the cold and snow come,” he said in a statement. “The new shelter would allow us to offer our guests the home that they deserve and expand our projects as a community hub.”
It has been almost two years since a building was purchased at 522 Elizabeth St. Since then, volunteers and staff have worked to acquire the funding needed to build a new shelter on the building’s third floor. Demolition and the first stage of construction took place from March until June of this year.
The shelter continues to operate in the basement of Knox Presbyterian Church.
“It’s horrible down there in the winter,” said longtime volunteer Chris Bennet. “It’s cold and damp. I really don’t want to spend another winter there.”
The Guesthouse will be promoting three fundraising projects this fall to amass the remaining $150,000 needed to open the new shelter.
The Giving Challenge will encourage local residents and businesses to team up and raise money on behalf of the organization. More details will be available soon at theguesthouseshelter.ca.
The Dine for a Year Lottery will offer a prize of a dozen $100 gift certificates for local restaurants.
The Aviva Community Fund will see the public vote for their favourite charity to receive funds. Voting takes place from Oct. 11-28 at avivacommunityfund.org.
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