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Raising the roof at downtown mission

The new roof installation was completed last week at Ruth and Naomi’s Mission site on Fletcher Street.

The new roof installation was completed last week at Ruth and Naomi’s Mission site on Fletcher Street.

Construction of the new $1 million building which will house and feed the community’s homeless has been ongoing since April, said board chair Wayne Massey.

Project reps are exceedingly grateful for the generosity demonstrated by the many donations and supplies offered by local individuals and companies to offset project costs.

“The roof was built at nearly no charge to Ruth and Naomi’s,” said Massey.

Fraser Valley Roofing contributed materials as well as about 100 hours of labour to the effort, with four full days of work put in by a team of eight to 10 roofers.

Soprema donated $20,000 worth of roof waterproofing supplies.

Kitchen facilities are being installed in the 8,000 sq. ft. building, and the framing is also underway.

Ruth & Naomi’s Mission is a faith-based organization with more than 400 volunteers who offer meals and comfort to Chilliwack’s homeless and less fortunate every day.

“This new building will also enable us not only to do that better, but, it will also enable us to give transitional shelter housing to 30 people as they enroll in life improvement programs to reintegrate back into society as contributing citizens,” said Massey.

The 3rd annual gala fundraiser to benefit Ruth and Naomi’s Mission is set for Nov. 30 at Best Western Rainbow Country Inn.

jfeinberg@theprogress.com

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