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A long road for St. Vincent’s

By Chris Jones/The Oshawa Express

St. Vincent’s Kitchen held it’s annual general meeting recently where the organization addressed the needs and the status of the charity’s future home.

According to Roger Ramkissoon, St. Vincent’s Board president, the meeting went well, and around 45 members showed up to show support and have their questions answered.

“We gave [the 45 members] an update on where we are with the building,” he says. “We talked about where we are and where we’ve come from, and what our next steps are in terms of finishing the building.”

Ramkissoon explains the foundation of the building has been completed, but the organization is in need of more funds to continue their work as that is all they can afford to do at this time.

“That’s about all the money that we have to pay for. So once that’s done, we have to figure out the cost to continue construction, and once we cross that out, we’re going to start fundraising efforts,” Ramkissoon says.

Some of the fundraising efforts in place include a recent gala and several future events, Ramkissoon explains.

Ramkissoon says the organization’s fundraising goal is $1.5 million.

“I’m very happy with the work we’re doing at the governance level, I’m very happy that politicians have become involved and have committed to getting this project done,” says Ramkissoon.

St. Vincent’s Kitchen is Durham’s only 365-days-a-year kitchen, and has been a part of the community since it was founded in 1990 and is run by Durham Outlook for the Needy.

The organization’s website notes 49 per cent of food bank users in Durham Region have a physical disability, and since St. Vincent’s is in a basement, it is not considered accessible to those who are in a wheelchair, or those who have physical disabilities which limit their movement.

The website also notes projections indicate there will be a 30 per cent increase to their patronage when the new facility is complete.

To donate to St. Vincent’s or to find out more about the kitchen, visit https://durhamoutlook.com/

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