Media Release

June 19, 2013

The Gathering Place Receives Significant Funding from Provincial Government

The Gathering Place will receive a total of $696,000 in Provincial Government funding to renovate their centre and expand services to their members and guests, the Honourable Tom Hedderson, Minister of Environment and Conservation, announced today.

A $356,000 investment from the Newfoundland and Labrador Green Fund allows The Gathering Place to incorporate energy efficient renovations saving 103 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year, 324,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) and $32,400 annually.

“Our government is proud to support The Gathering Place and their tremendous commitment to helping people overcome social barriers and poverty,” said Minister Hedderson. “The savings achieved by using energy efficient measures allows more resources to be put into programs and services.”

The Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation provided $300,000 through the Provincial Homelessness Fund.

“The Provincial Homelessness Fund has provided nearly $4 million in capital funding to 33 non-profit groups for the development of space to provide on-site outreach service for those at risk of homelessness,” said the Honourable Paul Davis, Minister Responsible for the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation. “We are thrilled to have The Gathering Place among those benefactors.”

A $25,000 Inclusion Grant from the Department of Advanced Education and Skills was also awarded to build an accessible entrance, washrooms and install an elevator. That is in addition to the $15,000 provided in 2011.

“Expanding the programs and services at The Gathering Place Community Centre will help people who deal with complex physical, mental and social issues,” said Elizabeth Davis, Board Co-Chair. “The Provincial Government is demonstrating its commitment to supporting society’s most vulnerable citizens.”

The Gathering Place is a non-profit organization providing services and respite to members of the community who need support from isolation and loneliness.

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Media contacts:

Deborah Thomas
Director of Communications
Department of Environment and Conservation
709-729-2575, 728-8092
DeborahThomas@gov.nl.ca
Jenny Bowring
Communications Manager
Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation
709-724-3055
jmbowring@nlhc.nl.ca 

Carol Ann Carter
Director of Communications (Acting)
Department of Transportation and Works
709-729-1758, 631-9505
carolanncarter@gov.nl.ca

Elizabeth Davis
Board Chair of the Gathering Place
709-726-7320, 753-8150
edavis@sistersofmersynf.org