Over $585K will go to upgrades and repairs
Province invests in non-profits
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.