Representatives from the credit union presented Jane Harper, executive director of the South Peace Community Resources Society (SPCRS), with a cheque for $10,000 that will be used to refurbish the Reconnect Youth Services building once construction once it is complete.
“We weren’t sure what we were going to do about furnishings, so having the credit union come along and take care of that …we will be able to furnish the house with his money,” said Harper. “We don’t want to drag all of our old, beaten-up furniture back in there, and I think that having nice furniture in nice facility gives the messages to the kids that they are valued.”
Rene George, CEO of Lake View Credit Union, said they were pleased to be able to contribute to what they believe is a worthy project.
“We believe it’s a project that has a lot of value to youth in the community, youth that maybe have fallen through the cracks or are falling through the cracks,” said George. “SPCRS, I believe, provides a very valuable service in that regard, and we thought we would do our part in helping them to rebuild their facility so they can continue providing that level of service to those people in need.”
SPCRS reached an agreement with Northern Lights College that will see the college’s residential construction program build a new facility for Reconnect at the existing site, located at the corner of Ninth Street and 103 Avenue. Many local businesses, contractors and individuals have also contributed time, resources and materials to the project. As construction is underway, the Reconnect service is being provided at an outbuilding at the Central Middle Campus of Dawson Creek Secondary School, as School District 59 is a partner with SPCRS is providing the service.
Harper said it is great to see how excited the youth in the program are for a new home for Reconnect.
“They’ve really taken ownership, and we’re hoping that when we get closer to the end of the build that they will be able to help with things like painting and landscaping so that they will rally have an investment in it,” she said.
SPCRS is still accepting donations to help cover the costs of materials involved in construction, and an account has been set up under “Reconnect building fund” at the Lake View Credit Union.
In the interest of full disclosure, Mile 0 City notes its reporter, Matthew Bains, is a sitting board member of the South Peace Community Resources Society.
CEO Rene George presents a cheque for $10,000 on behalf of the Lake View Credit Union to Jane Harper, executive director of the South Peace Community Resources Society, towards purchasing new furniture for Reconnect Youth Services once a new facility for the program is complete.