Rib­bon-cut­ting at Grace Christian Home

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier North Hat­ley

The rib­bon-cut­ting cer­e­mony of the Grace Christian Home’s one and a half mil­lion dol­lar ren­o­va­tion project took place last Sun­day, in Hunt­ingville. Owned along with the Con­naught Home, of North Hat­ley, by

the non-profit Mas­saw­ippi Christian Re­tire­ment Homes, the money for the project came en­tirely from the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s W.J. Klinck Foun­da­tion.

“We de­cided to hold the rib­bon-cut­ting cer­e­mony on that date to un­der­line one of our res­i­dent’s 90th birthdays. Mrs. Claire Fisk was a nurse at the Grace Christian Home for many years be­fore she be­came a res­i­dent. She was the Home’s first Ma­tron,” said Michael Page, the Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Mas­saw­ippi Christian Re­tire­ment Homes. Sev­eral of Mrs. Fisk’s rel­a­tives, in­clud­ing one who came all the way from Ja­pan, at­tended the spe­cial oc­ca­sion.

Much of the ren­o­va­tion work done at the se­nior’s res­i­dence, built in 1956, was needed to bring the build­ing up to present codes. The kitchen was ex­panded and made safer and more ef­fi­cient for em­ploy­ees who used to have to run down­stairs to get food from the freez­ers. A load­ing ramp be­hind the build­ing for sup­plies is another ad­di­tion that im­proves safety. There is also a new ex­am­in­ing room, an en­larged nurs­ing sta­tion, and the Di­rec­tor of Nurs­ing of­fice was moved up from the base­ment.

The build­ing’s sep­tic sys­tem was brought up to code and a new gen­er­a­tor, which comes on au­to­mat­i­cally, was in­stalled in a spe­cially built room. “We now have a new wash­room with state-of-the-art fa­cil­i­ties, and we en­larged the Tea Room. That room cer­tainly gets used by our res­i­dents a lot; for the cer­e­mony it was full. Our res­i­dents are very pleased with the ren­o­va­tions, some find it quite beau­ti­ful. It’s a nice change and it’s their home, so it’s ex­cit­ing for them,” added Mr. Page.

Be­sides, with the Grace Christian Home and the Con­naught Home, pro­vid­ing com­fort­able and safe en­vi­ron­ments for se­niors with spe­cial needs, Mas­saw­ippi Christian Re­tire­ment Homes also pro­vides fi­nan­cial support, should the need arise, so their res­i­dents can re­main liv­ing in the Homes. “We’ll pro­vide ser­vices for them as long as they need them,” said the Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor.

The W.J. Klinck Foun­da­tion is now run­ning a cam­paign to raise $400,000.

Pho­tos Stanstead Jour­nal

Grace Christian Home res­i­dent Carol Hobbs reads along with Jim David­son dur­ing the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the $1.5 mil­lion ren­o­va­tion project.

Older sis­ter Olivia Page helps her sis­ter Vi­enna, daugh­ters of Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Michael Page, read dur­ing the cer­e­mony.

Photo Stanstead Jour­nal

Foun­da­tion Chair­man Jim David­son speaks to the au­di­ence at the Grace Christian Home as pro­fes­sor Brad Willms looks on.

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