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Ruth & Naomi’s mission expanding

Ruth and Naomi’s Mission situated in downtown Chilliwack already serves some 200 meals daily and houses up to 20 overnight in it’s Emergency Shelter.

Helped by a recent timely gift of $73,000 from Chilliwack Fraser Rotary Club, workers are building forms and pouring concrete on a new built-in frontage.

The expansion project will allow for the addition of a pair of offices and bunk beds for a revamped Emergency Shelter. Mission executive director Bill Radditz gave reasons for the expansion project.

“We’re looking at an expansion program with the homeless in Chilliwack. Right now at Ruth and Naomi’s we have 15 people who sleep on a mattress every night and we store all the material relating to that; mattresses, pillows and what have you in a washroom, also our Director & Chaplain Peter Biggs currently has to utilize a washroom for an office, so this will help us in a variety of ways.”

Club President, Gary Armstrong, commented, “The Chilliwack Fraser Rotary Club is made up of professionals, business owners and community leaders who are dedicated in giving back to our community. We’re quite excited and proud to partner with Ruth and Naomi’s to be able to met an unmet need in the community for the homeless.”

Chilliwack MLA John Martin was also in attendance and commented that he considers the Mission to be  one of the most successful projects of its type.

For info  on volunteering or supporting Ruth and Naomi’s Mission, www.ranmission.ca

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