On Oct. 27, L’Arche Homefires will celebrate the first step in achieving a dream that’s been years in the making.
That’s when the group will accept ownership of St. John’s Anglican Church Hall in Wolfville.
“It began with a request from our core members in 2007,” says Ingrid Blais, Director of L’Arche Homefires. “Our core members needed a space where they could work together that was safer and more accessible.”
The burgeoning craft business that provides core members of L’Arche Homefires with employment opportunities was also running out of room.
The L’Arche Board began researching the project two years ago with plans to build a new facility on a vacant lot in Wolfville, but when the Anglican church hall became available, the project took a positive turn.
“The opportunity to renovate a much valued community space was one that we couldn’t pass up,” says Sandy Fraser, Chair of the Homefires Board and ‘Dream Team’ project team. “We believe we can undertake a much more affordable project, strengthen community partnerships, and give a new life to an old and unsustainable building.”
An open house to celebrate the event is planned at the current location at Applewicks (10 Gaspereau Ave.) at 10 a.m., followed by a blessing and celebration at the church hall (341 Main Street) at 11 a.m. All are welcome.