Picnic fundraiser

Salvation Army executive director Lori Mitchell, left, and Beefcakes Burger Factory owner of Derek Lankinen launch the community campaign for the Journey to Life Centre.

Construction has begun on the Salvation Army’s new Journey to Life Centre and on Tuesday, the organization officially launched it’s community campaign to raise the remaining dollars needed for the $15-million project.

The new three-storey building will be more than twice the size of the emergency shelter’s current building on Cumberland Street and will offer all of its current services in addition to the Journey to Life program.

“It’s a holistic wraparound program to help men move from homelessness to independent life,” said Maj. Lori Mitchell, executive director of community and residential services.

More than half of the $2.5 million needed for the community campaign has been raised and Mitchell hopes they can raise the remainder of the funds by the end of the year as the project is slated to be complete by August 2020.

The Salvation Army is kicking off their last stretch of fundraising with its Picnic in the Park today from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Current River Park, across Cumberland Street from the Salvation Army’s centre.

The public is welcome to come learn about the Journey to Life Centre and a portion of the proceeds of food sales at the event will be donated to the project. Hodder Avenue’s Beefcakes Burger Factory, Gino’s Pizza (Cumberland Street) and TT’s Cotton Candy will all be on site to feed picnic attendees.

Anyone interested in hosting a fundraiser on behalf of the project or looking to make a direct donation can do so at the picnic, online at www.satbcars.com or in person at the Salvation Army on Cumberland Street.

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