St. Andrew’s upgrading programs

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Thanks to a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Resilient Communities Fund, Chatham’s St. Andrew’s Residence is getting a $137,000 boost.

The funding will be used to help the organization rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19 by investing in technology, reimagined programming and support staff.

The money will also allow the residence to explore further volunteer engagement.

According to St. Andrew’s executive director Jessica Smith, the funding will enable officials to focus on the organization’s long-range success.

“Allowing us the ability to focus our attention to the long-term viability of the residence is something that just has not been possible under the current environment,” Smith said in a recent media release.

“We are grateful for the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation to provide the necessary resources for us to be able to reach our goals and prepare for the future.”

Darrin Utley, chair of the St. Andrew’s Residence Board, said the “impact of the grant cannot be underestimated.

“We could not have done with without lots of help from our friends,” Utley said.

If you are interested in finding our more about the Residence or the Foundation, visit the www.standrewsresidence.com or contact Lynn McGeachy, executive director of the St. Andrew’s Residence Foundation, at 519-360-8293. Volunteers are always welcome.

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