Over $585K will go to up­grades and re­pairs

Prov­ince in­vests in non-prof­its

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - KELLY NOSE­WOR­THY knose­wor­thy@thes­pec.com 905-526-3199

The prov­ince has an­nounced it will spend more than $585,000 to up­grade and re­pair var­i­ous ser­vices at sev­eral lo­cal non-profit agen­cies.

On Monday, Ted McMeekin, MPP for An­caster-Dun­das-West­dale-Flam­bor­ough, and Fi­nance Min­is­ter Charles Sousa made the an­nounce­ment at The Sal­va­tion Army’s Grace Haven, which pro­vides help to teen moth­ers.

“In­vest­ing money like this al­lows the agen­cies to keep their fo­cus on the peo­ple they help,” McMeekin said.

The money will be used to fund 16 projects:

$304,900 for the Catholic Chil­dren’s Aid So­ci­ety for up­grades and re­pairs, in­clud­ing build­ing im­prove­ments;

$130,000 for Grace Haven for up­grades and re­pairs, in­clud­ing up­dat­ing fire and se­cu­rity sys­tems;

$67,400 for the John Howard So­ci­ety of Hamil­ton, Burling­ton & Area for roof and door re­place­ments;

$30,000 for the Dawn Pa­trol Child & Youth Ser­vices to con­struct a wheel­chair ramp and up­grade their deck;

$26,000 for the Catholic Fam­ily Ser­vices of Hamil­ton for win­dow re­place­ments;

$22,000 for the Good Shep­herd Cen­tre to up­date their wash­room and re­pair wa­ter dam­age;

$8,000 for the Lyn­wood Charl­ton Cen­tre to re­place floor­ing.

Ma­jor June New­bury, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor at Grace Haven, said they re­ceived the news about the fund­ing Thurs­day which was “ex­cit­ing.”

“It was a fan­tas­tic way to go into the week­end,” she said. “We’ve just fin­ished an up­grade to our kitchen too so this is an added bonus.”

Rocco Giz­zarelli, who is the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor at Catholic Chil­dren’s Aid So­ci­ety, said he’s “happy and ex­cited” to be able to keep their older build­ing in “tip-top shape.”

“This in­vest­ment al­lows us to do that and the agency to be se­cure and ac­ces­si­ble to the chil­dren, youth and fam­i­lies we serve.”

The fund­ing is the “first in­stall­ment,” said McMeekin, and all 16 projects must be com­pleted by March 2017.

Ted McMeekin

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