Snowflake House Hopes for Warm Reception
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 - 4:55 PM
Snowflake House Respite Foundation will be holding an open house night Wednesday at Lakeland College to present what's been done so far and what the organization is looking to do to in the future.
“We’re looking at providing respite to families with people with disabilities and respite is basically just care,” says acting president Lily Belland. “We do care for people with disabilities.”
The organization is hoping to become a place where families dealing with special needs can turn to - and they're looking for volunteers to do it.
“We’re doing a fundraiser in October – October 6 we’re having a blue moon festival,” says Belland. “We’re having a fun day and we’ll just need volunteers, plain and simple like any other fundraising event.” Belland adds as the centre gets underway, more volunteers will be needed.
She says they are hoping to provide their services to the community at little or no cost and are looking at both fundraisers and funding.
The federal government has announced funding for projects supporting people with disabilities. Organizations can received up to $250,000 per year up to three years.
“It looks really, really good,” says Belland. “We’ll have to get our ducks in a row and get an application in for it because that could be a really good thing and I think it suits what we’re doing really well.” She says that money could go a long way for Snowflake House, which is looking into buying a home.
The group has been working over the past few months to become a non-profit organization to serve people in Lloydminster and surrounding community. Belland says they expect to officially become a non-profit by the end of August.
The meeting is Wednesday July 18 at 7 p.m., at Lakeland College, room 1012.
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