CORNWALL, Ontario – Beyond 21 held a small ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 21 to open their new home at 1924 Pitt St.
Beyond 21 acquired the building three years ago, and through the work of Grant Marion Construction, the 8,000 sq. ft. building has been transformed from an empty shell into a dream.
“Today marks the end of a personal dream come true, and the beginning of a dream to live,” said Tish Humphries, President of Beyond 21.
Beyond 21 was started by Humphries so that developmentally delayed adults like her daughter Emma could grow and not live in isolation.
“To our families and participants, we can’t wait to share this new building with you,” Humphries said.
The new Beyond 21 centre now has a kitchen fully stocked with three fridges, two stoves and two dishwashers.
The centre also has an arts & crafts room, barrier free washroom, and a large recreation room.
Behind the centre, there is a greenspace for participants to enjoy which in future will have a small garden to support the kitchen.
“A completion of this kind of project gives us light and we need so much light right now,” said Cornwall Mayor Bernadette Clement at the event.
Beyond 21’s capital campaign for the new building continues to ask for public support. Donations can be made online or by cheque. More information on donating can be found here.