President of the Board of Directors of the Grotto Home for the Homeless, Ainsworth Irish says more assistance is needed to move residents to its new location in Bellevue Rawle.
Irish had told the media recently that residents would be in their new home by mid-February but due to a lack of finances, the deadline was not met.
“We require another $9,000 plus to really bring everything into a good picture in terms of painting up, giving a face lift to the various little marks and scratches here and there and to ensure that we have fine tune the touches and maybe one or two face basins to really make it a complete sort of home for the people,” Irish explained.
Additionally, Irish said, the home owes creditors some $7,000 and he is now appealing for assistance.
“So if we can get some donations …” he stated. “I can tell you we have worked tirelessly and we have some good citizens who have given us assistance.”
Irish revealed that the new home is near in completion, but did not disclose a date when the residents will be moved to that location.
“I am not going to give you a date … all I can tell you is that we are near in completion, the water line is being connected, there is electricity connected temporarily in the sense that we are still waiting for the three-phase connection,” he stated. “We should be moving to the new location in the not too distant future so the residents at the Grotto Home would be more comfortable and in a happier surrounding.”
Meantime he noted that security is being put in place to ensure safety of the residents at the new location.
“Fencing cost in excess of $55,000 and we are still looking at that,” Irish noted. “I have been speaking to a good friend and the person will see how much they can assist us in that regard. We have security in place when we move to the new site and of course fencing is an additional form of security…”
He said they are also working on proper lighting and a trained security officer for proper safety of residents.
He thanked the government of Dominica, Jays Bookstore, Burton’s Electricals, Green’s Wholesale, Jolly’s Pharmacy among others, who have assisted so far in constructing the new facility.
The Grotto Home for the Homeless currently houses about 44 residents.