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From The Archives: Project needs $350 000

CARLOS ATWELL, ​[email protected]

From The Archives: Project needs $350 000

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THE REED STREET redevelopment project is $350 000 away from completion.

In an interview at THE NATION last week, project manager for the Salvation Army’s project, Lieutenant Colonel Clinton Burrowes, said they had not been receiving enough support, particularly from the church.

“We sent out over 100 letters to various denominations but only a few have responded so far,” he said.

Burrowes said they were anticipating a VAT refund of $273 000 but were told it was still being looked at. He said if they did not get it they would be in “crisis”.

On a brighter note, the project received a $10 000 boost from the Rotary Club of Barbados West.

Burrowes said the donation came at a time when funds were urgently needed for the completion of the facility.

In addition, he said they had just received a donation of furniture for the entire project from a Roman Catholic organisation in Florida called Food For The Poor.

Under the project, there will be an upgraded kitchen and a new feeding centre; continued delivery of meals to shut-ins; and a hostel with dormitory.

There will also be appropriate amenities for job-hunting and skills development; distribution of clothing and recycled household goods and basic counselling services.

The project is slated to be completed before Christmas.