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By Chris Marchand
The new executive director for Hoshizaki House says the local crisis shelter has its work cut out for them in 2017 as the facility aims to maintain services during a $3.1 million construction project and embark on a major fundraising campaign.
A plan to replace the current 3,000 square foot main facility, originally constructed in 1908, with a new 8,000 square foot building was announced in mid-October with construction to begin in the spring.
In the leadup to demolition, two employees who work in the Hoshizaki House’s original building are in the process of moving down the hill into the Second-Stage facility. Executive Director Terri Fedorchuk says shelter operations will be moved offsite during the construction phase.
“We have to move the shelter without losing service prior to demolition,” said Fedorchuk. “At this point, we still have to confirm where that’s going, but our program staff will be moving into second stage so we can still run our outreach programs.”
The new build will double the shelter’s previous capacity from four up to eight bedrooms and feature seven washrooms, a large kitchen and dining area, a play area for children, a comfortable living room and a quiet room for private visits.
With more capacity comes the need for more furnishings and limitations around outdoor spaces on the site — that’s where fundraising will come in.
Fedorchuk says the ideal community fundraising goal is about 10 per cent of the government’s contribution to the project.
“That (government contribution) covers the build,” she said. “It doesn’t cover the play structures or the extra decking we’re going to need. Where we are the entire backyard is rock and the larger building is going to extend further back to the rock, so we’re going to have to find a special way to provide an outdoor space for shelter residents. Some of our furniture is quite old and we specifically need new mattresses. So, all the extra things aren’t covered.”
Fedorchuk says that they are considering a community salvage/garage sale just prior to the demolition of the shelter building.
A newcomer to the role of Executive Director, Fedorchuk comes to the job from a 15-year background in the child protection field. She says it’s an exciting time to be involved in the organization.
“I’m very excited about it because I believe I’m coming at it from a frontline perspective of things,” said Fedorchuk. “I think I can use that experience of working directly with children, women and families to look at the services we provide. Also having experience working directly with local service providers like schools and various agencies — I believe that’s a really good connection for me to be able to partner with them and make it a whole community effort.”
The shelter is also actively looking for volunteers to help. To inquire about how to help, email Terri Fedorchuk at firstname.lastname@example.org