‘A dream come true’

New Life Church hous­ing de­vel­op­ment wel­comes first ten­ant

The Packet (Clarenville) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JONATHAN PAR­SONS THE PACKET jonathan.par­sons@thep­acket.ca Twit­ter: @je­j­par­sons

CLARENVILLE, NL — When Pas­tor David Bow­er­ing handed the keys to the very first ten­ant of New Life Com­mu­nity Church’s af­ford­able hous­ing unit in Clarenville, he says it made it all the ef­fort worth it.

With tears welling up in their eyes, Bow­er­ing could see the true im­pact of the en­deav­our.

“Just to see some­one’s life change and the look on their face. I’ve never had noth­ing like this in my life be­fore,” Bow­er­ing told the Packet.

“It’s pretty touch­ing and emo­tional.”

The hous­ing de­vel­op­ment plans for three houses, with four apart­ments each, started sev­eral years ago un­der pre­vi­ous Pas­tor Keith Chard, who has been in­stru­men­tal along with his fa­ther in mak­ing the project a re­al­ity, says Bow­er­ing.

Af­ter some de­lays in se­cur­ing the land to build, con­struc­tion on the hous­ing be­gan ear­lier this year.

“It all worked out in the end,” said Bow­er­ing. He says the church has dreamed of pro­vid­ing not only spir­i­tual needs, but also prac­ti­cal needs in the com­mu­nity.

Two of the first 10 planned apart­ments are now com­plete, while crews are still work­ing to fin­ish more units.

Bow­er­ing thanked the Town of Clarenville and chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer David Har­ris, as well as the fed­eral govern­ment and prov­ince part­ner­ship, for pro­vid­ing fund­ing and work­ing to make the project pos­si­ble.

New Life Church owns the build­ing, hav­ing ar­ranged all the build­ing de­tails dur­ing con­struc­tion, and the govern­ment pro­gram Labrador Hous­ing han­dles the rent­ing pro­ce­dure and sets the rent at an af­ford­able rate for ten­ants.

Bow­er­ing says he’s glad to help pro­vide af­ford­able hous­ing to res­i­dents who are strug­gling to get by. The church can also min­is­ter spir­i­tu­ally to res­i­dents if they wish; how­ever, there is no obli­ga­tion.

“So now peo­ple can live and get their mind off of, ‘Where am I go­ing to stay tonight?’ They’ve got a place to live and now they can con­cen­trate on find­ing work or that kind of stuff.”

A sep­a­rate com­mit­tee, as­so­ci­ated with the church, helps iden­tify peo­ple with com­plex needs who can avail of the hous­ing. The group rec­og­nizes guide­lines out­lined by Labrador Hous­ing in its de­ci­sions.

“Ev­ery­one de­serves a roof over their head,” says Bow­er­ing.

As for fu­ture projects, he says the church is hop­ing to con­tinue to pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for those in need in the com­mu­nity.

“We’re pray­ing right now for more projects in our fu­ture.”

JONATHAN PAR­SONS PHOTO

Pas­tor David Bow­er­ing of the New Life Com­mu­nity Church in front of one of its hous­ing units in Clarenville. The first ten­ant re­cently moved into the af­ford­able hous­ing project spear­headed by the church.

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