About a month ago Scotiabank presented L’Arche with a gift that will keep giving. Scotiabank’s Brentwood Centre’s Branch Manager Terry Kocurek was looking for a way to celebrate the grand re-opening of their newly renovated offices and found the answer when she called us with her idea. When she asked how a donation of $1500 might be used by L’Arche she learned that our Emmaus Day Program was also renovating and they could use a new stove.
Currently the stove in the Emmaus program is put to use almost every day as program participants bake and make meals together. This program is also an expression of L’Arche’s mission of outreach, where people with developmental disabilities have an opportunity to share their gifts and contribute to the larger community.
Every week, except for the occasional holiday, the people in the Emmaus Day Program bake cookies and take them to the Hospitality Program at Shiloh – Sixth Ave. United Church in New Westminster. They serve the cookies and visit with those who are homeless and other people who are waiting for the food bank to open.
The funds from the Scotiabank gift will be used to buy a larger stove that will have the capacity to do more – for L’Arche and the wider community.
Our Executive Director Denise Haskett was delighted with the timing of the donation. “It is wonderful how this gift has come about. With this donation, Scotiabank is helping us live out our mission of outreach. Everyone in our community, regardless of ability has a gift to share. When everyone has the opportunity to contribute – we all benefit.”
Thanks to everyone at Scotiabank for making this gift possible.