Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Congregation Donates To Community Center

RENO, Nev. - The Lakeside Community Church congregation was thanked by the Reno City Council for the congregation's donation of $100.00 towards completion of the new Reno Community Assistance Center campus.

Rev. Lisa Leggett Garcia and Congregation President David Asher were presented with a certificate of appreciation on behalf of the City Council and the non-profit Community Foundation of Western Nevada that is accepting donations for the Community Assistance Center project.

A formal ground-breaking ceremony for the project was held February 25 for the new Community Assistance Center on Record Street of off Fourth Street that will provide comprehensive social services to homeless men, women and children in a centralized four-building campus. Donations are being sought for Phase II construction that will include a Women's and Family Shelter and Homeless Resource Center.

Phase I construction will include the new St. Vincent's Dining Room, a 150-bed men's drop-in shelter and the Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission. St. Vincent's Dining Room currently serves a hot lunch six days a week and continental breakfast on Sunday to 400-500 homeless and working poor. The new facility will enable Catholic Community Services to more than double its seating capacity, accommodating up to 360 persons at one time. This will dramatically shorten the wait for a meal. The dining room will also have kitchen and restroom improvements.

The Men's Drop-in Shelter will replace the City's temporary shelter on Morrill Street. The Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission provides food, clothing, shelter, counseling and programs designed to instruct and to assist families and individuals in becoming self-sufficient and productive members of our community. The new building will contain a 32-man drop-in center, a 32-bed men's dormitory for a rehabilitation program, and transitional housing for 32 men in hotel-style room accommodations. The new building includes a kitchen to prepare meals for program participants and a large waiting room.

Donations to the Community Assistance Center project can be made through the Community Foundation of Western Nevada, 1885 South Arlington Avenue, suite 103, Reno 89509. Additional information can be obtained by calling the foundation office at (775) 333-5499.

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