New Centre Opens in Port Hardy

Some very exciting news from Port Hardy this past March. The new Centre of Hope facility has finally opened. After two years of intense negotiations, drawings, plans, fundraising and all that other fun stuff, the Centre opened its doors on March 1st.
 

The facility, which is now owned by The Army, will offer a variety of programs and services designed to serve the Mount Waddington community of over 11,000 people. They will offer a meal program, computer resource room, and 12 year-long shelter beds. The Centre of Hope will also provide medical services and harm reduction, as well as space for AA meetings. With a team of 16 enthusiastic and committed staff, and many volunteers the Centre of Hope promises to be a shining light in the community.


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Community Comes Together

It has been two weeks, since the last bell rang on December 24th. The Christmas Kettles have been put away for another year, but the excitement, created by the readiness of volunteers, and generosity of the community lives on. Looking back on this year’s Christmas Kettle Campaign we cannot help but feel inspired, deeply thankful, and ready to serve. 

Considering the community needs, our team set a goal of $85,000 for Campbell River and $15,000 for the Mount Waddington Region, to help meet the need for the coming year. The final totals are sitting at $87,526.28 and $24,390. The key to meeting our goals was the volunteers who filled 98% of the required shifts. That is over 2000 hours in personal time.

Thank you to our bell ringers and the generous folks of North Vancouver Island, including Campbell River, Black Creek, Gold River, Sayward, Port McNeill, Hyde Creek, Alert Bay and Sointula. The personal time and financial donations will contribute to the programs of the Salvation Army.

The Bible says “… Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” — 1 John 3:17  Thank you for being communities of action! Stay tuned for updates as we move through the year.


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