When the Covenant United Church wanted to create a more accessible environment for its parishioners, Rob Galloway, Chair of Council at the Covenant United Church, wasn’t too sure how they would complete the project. It wasn’t until he heard about the services offered by the Timmins Economic Development Corporation (TEDC) through Charlie Angus, the Timmins-James Bay Member of Parliament, and the Timmins Chamber of Commerce that he realized help was available.
The goal of this project was simple enough: to make the Covenant United Church more accessible to its members and the community groups who use the space by renovating and enlarging a washroom in order to make it accessible to all. In order to accommodate the expansion, the existing washroom would have to be expanded into part of a neighboring storage space. The renovation was a necessity in order to meet the needs of the aging members and stakeholders and while the church had already redone its front entrance, the washroom was the next step in accommodation that needed to be completed.
What wasn’t so simple, was the process of funding the project, at least not at first. Once Rob contacted the TEDC, they were able to help find the proper funding stream, review funding application forms, liaise with the funding agency for clarification on ambiguities within the application, and in the end, help Rob submit a successful funding application.
Rob noted that the renovation project also received generous support from the seniors’ residence across the street, the Cochrane Temiskaming Resource Centre, the Alzheimer’s Society, and Extend-A-Family Timmins.