NEWS RELEASE: LakeCity Works Announces Tiny Home Lottery Fundraiser
Dartmouth, N.S. (Tuesday, July 10, 2018) –
This summer will be an exciting time at LakeCity Works as they take on a new challenge that will allow them to extend their services to younger people. Working with local students, LakeCity will construct a Tiny Home on location at 386 Windmill Rd. Tickets will be on sale for the public to win the house starting July 13 with a total of 10,000 tickets available. LakeCity hopes that this venture will also raise awareness around the lack of affordable housing for people living with mental illness.
This is a big undertaking for LakeCity Works, but the local business community has been quick to get involved to make this happen. Over a dozen sponsors have committed financial and material support led by Payzant Home Hardware who are providing all of the building supplies needed and Work & Play who donated a brand new K-Trail deck over trailer.
Executive director, Liam O’Rourke, is overwhelmed by the outpouring of support that has come quickly from the community.
“Seven weeks ago we were worried about securing sponsorships and building the house. Now we are looking at a tiny home being built before our eyes with the generosity of our community here in Nova Scotia. This project is truly exciting for us as it brings attention to one of the core issues our clients are faced with in their day to day and will help us extend our reach to youth in the region.”
LakeCity has approximately 30 clients working on site who have mental illnesses, many of whom are struggling or have struggled with safe and affordable housing. In Nova Scotia, 53% of those struggling to find permanent affordable housing are living with mental health challenges. It is well known, affordable and supportive housing reduces hospitalizations, psychiatric symptoms, substance abuse and increases overall quality of life. This project is LakeCity’s way of taking one tiny step towards creating awareness around this big issue.
Known for being pioneers in their field, LakeCity services and maintains their many ventures through LakeCity Employment Services. These include ventures such as LakeCity Woodworkers, Reboot a Cleaning and Maintenance Program and a number of budding microenterprises currently in development.
ABOUT LAKECITY WORKS
LakeCity Works is a welcoming, compassionate place, where people feel they belong. We support individuals wherever they are, so they can feel safe to explore, share challenges and celebrate successes. We provide hope, respect and empowerment to those living with mental illness in our community, and through this, help them reach their full potential. We are open to partnership and collaboration with a diverse range of people and organizations to create a more accepting and inclusive employment community.
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