BRISTOL – The Bristol Adult Resource Center has received $ 70,000 to completely replace a damaged roof at its location on Jerome Avenue. This money comes from the Community Block Development Grant with the City of Bristol.
According to city officials, the HUD-funded project was seen as an investment project part of the 47-year history of the CDBG program which aims to provide grants to nonprofits that serve local communities. populations with special needs and low-income residents. A previous storm had severely damaged the centre’s roof and temporary repairs were made to prevent further water damage to the interior of its structure. However, the replacement of the roof was seen as an urgent priority.
“The work done by BARC and many other nonprofits is essential for many residents and their families,” said Dawn Leger, Grants Administrator and CDBG Program Coordinator. “In addition to the dozens of clients BARC serves every day, it is one of the city’s largest employers and an important resource in our community.
Economic and Community Development Council CDBG Policy Committee chair Howard Schmelder also expressed his approval of the project.
“BARC is a good manager of the funds allocated to it under this program, and we are delighted to see all the good work happening here,” he said. Schmelder noted that the Hidden Café and Jerome Gardens greenhouse programs are beneficial programs for the center.
A grant in 2019 improved the centre’s HVAC systems.
The centre’s editor-in-chief, Mary Etter, thanked the work centre’s board, the people who served it and the city for the grant.
“Our roof is ready for the coming winter and we are delighted that we do not have to worry about a possible disruption in our programs that may have arisen from our old roof. We are very grateful for the support of our community partners like the city, ”she said.
The Bristol Adult Resource Center is considered a United Way funded non-profit organization which was established in 1957. It aims to provide services to people with developmental disabilities in the greater Bristol area and is staffed by educators, business leaders, volunteers and professionals.
The hidden cafe is centrally located. In business for about 40 years and serving lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, the centre’s patrons work in the cafe to help set tables, seat customers, deliver food, take orders. orders, clearing tables and developing their self-reliance skills. job.
Etter said she hopes the cafe will stay open in the early spring of the coming year.
“Our biggest problem is that we have so many people in this program, and they can’t all be in the kitchen at the same time,” she said. “Without social distancing, we have the entire dining room for them, but we are currently open for take out and look forward to making full use of the patio in the spring.”