Double dose of good news for Agape - $10k donated and reno campaign nears end

Published on August 26, 2015
From left are RBC representatives Laurie Hagan, Sheila McDonald, Mireille Lemire and Jacquelyn Chenier, along with Agape Centre executive director Alyssa Blais and Zachary Grant (RBC/Agape board member).

CORNWALL, Ontario - It was a double dose of good news for the Agape Centre Wednesday in Cornwall.

Agape was provided with $10,000 from RBC Financial Group in Cornwall to help with the purchase of food to help restock the shelves of the soup kitchen and food bank.

That's on top of news Wednesday that Agape has surpassed the $800,000 mark in its quest to raise $1 million for its 'Within These Walls' renovation campaign.

"We've reached $807,000," said Agape Centre executive director Alyssa Blais. "The Agape Centre will be a very beautiful home for people in need."

The facility is in need of some much-need work, with crumbling infrastructure including ceilings with holes, and a deteriorating staircase to name a few on the list of repairs.

Contractors are already at work completing the renovations. Blais said by October things should be completed, with a November date set for an official unveiling.

By then the balance of the funds for the $1-million campaign will be collected.

In the meantime the day-to-day operations of the food bank/soup kitchyen continue, and Blais said the $10,000 donation from RBC is incredibly helpful.

"We always see a drop in donations to the food bank in the summer," she said. "RBC has been a strong supporter of the Agape Centre."