Grotto Appreciates Donors
It is always good to thank the people who help you, which is something rarely exercised in today’s society.
However, the Management and staff of the Grotto Home for the Homeless, thanked all who donated and continue to donate to the construction of their new building, currently being built in Belle Vue Rawle.
In a ceremony held on Tuesday May 28th, they thanked the Baptist Builders: Mr. Nathan Goff and his team from Jacksonville, Florida, who has been instrumental in sourcing and donating materials.
The donors, from Carmel Baptist Church in North Carolina, have also been helping Dominicans through Deliverance Baptist Church since 1998.
Mr. Davis Letang, Board Member of the Grotto Home for the Homeless stated, although of a lot of work has been done, there is more to do before the project can be completed.
The work already completed is valued at over $700,000, thanks to your generous donation of the materials and labor for both the roofs.
Mr. Letang says, they are seeking a donor to cover Dormitory 3, which is the facility for sheltering the literally homeless especially during bad weather. This is likely to cost a further $400,000.
He noted, there is a proposal currently with Government for the main complex comprising of the dining room, kitchen, laundry, chapel and offices, costing an estimated EC $800,000, to be considered under Basic Need Trust Fund 7.
Mr. Nathan Goff and his team from Jacksonville Florida, who helped sourced materials and donated equipment to the project, stated he is pleased to partner with the Grotto to assist in the construction of this facility.
Several businesses have already assisted in the project including Astaphans for the loan of a container, which is currently storing new mattresses, donated by the Rotary Club, EH Charles for discounts on materials and to Raffoul and Company for a donation of materials.
Kings Garments also committed to providing EC$5000 worth of security services.
Mr. Letang mentioned, they hope other corporate citizens, churches and organizations will follow suit, to meeting the needs of the most vulnerable in society – the homeless.
When completed, the custom built home will provide shelter for fifty vulnerable homeless individuals, and will be used as a resource for sheltering and aid in the potential rehabilitation of a further fifty persons who live on the streets.