Environment and Conservation Minister Tom Hedderson announced today that The Gathering Place in St. John’s will receive $696,000 in provincial government funding to renovate its centre and expand services to members and guests.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Green Fund is providing $356,000 of this total amount to incorporate energy efficient renovations saving 103 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year, 324,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) and $32,400 annually.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corp. is providing $300,000 through the Provincial Homelessness Fund and a $25,000 Inclusion Grant from the Department of Advanced Education and Skills was also awarded to build an accessible entrance, washrooms and install an elevator. That’s in addition to $15,000 provided in 2011.
“Our government is proud to support The Gathering Place and their tremendous commitment to helping people overcome social barriers and poverty,” Hedderson said in a news release. “The savings achieved by using energy efficient measures allows more resources to be put into programs and services.”
Paul Davis, minister responsible for the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corp., said the Provincial Homelessness Fund has provided nearly $4 million in capital funding to 33 non-profit groups for the development of space to provide on-site outreach services for those at risk of homelessness.
“We are thrilled to have The Gathering Place among those benefactors,” Davis said.
Elizabeth Davis, board co-chairwoman, said expanding the programs and services at The Gathering Place Community Centre will help people who deal with complex physical, mental and social issues.
“The Provincial government is demonstrating its commitment to supporting society’s most vulnerable citizens,” Davis said.
The Gathering Place is a non-profit organization providing services and respite to members of the community who need support from isolation and loneliness.