The Grotto Home in Roseau has received a cash injection of $10,000 which was promised by Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit.
Skerrit paid a surprise visit to the institution on Tuesday and told its operators that the cash would be availablewithin 48 hours.
He also pledged an additional $100,000 for the construction of the new Grotto building, to be made available in the next few weeks.
President of the home, Ainsworth Irish, said the money was received on Wednesday afternoon.
“The prime minister was moved by the plight of the destitute people and the situation at the old Grotto building and pledged some $10,000 within 48 hours,” he said.
He noted that the money came from Dominica National Petroleum Company LTD “which is sort of a joint venture with Petrocaribe.”
Irish also pointed out that the prime minster has pledged $100,000 which will go towards the construction of a new Grotto Home now under construction in Bellevue Rawle.
“He indicated that he will visit the new facility in the next few weeks and will continue to pledge his support towards the assistance of the Grotto Home,” Irish noted. “Indeed I must say we are extremely delighted for that sort of impetus…”
The new Grotto Home, which is expected to cost some $2.5-million dollars, will be ready by 2014 and according to officials, will be home to 100 residents.