Vermilion Valley Lodge is planning a wine and cheese party to thank those who helped to surpass a fundraising goal of $1.5 million goal to improve seniors housing.
The party takes place Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to appreciate individuals, families, service groups and surrounding business donors who contributed a total of $1,586,363 to the cause.
More than 300 donors contributed to the fund for facility furnishings and amenities with the first 16-room phase of a $14 million facility reconstruction project nearly complete.
“We are giving them a sneak peak of this building before we move into it,” said Lodge CAO Sheri Heller.
“There’s still some fine tuning; what will be done after that is the inspections, so we are probably a month away from moving in.”
Heller is over the moon from the response to the Vermilion and District Housing Foundation’s Living Well Modernization fundraiser launched in March of 2017.
“It’s amazing this community we live in and the region; it’s just phenomenal,” she said.
“It’s so exciting and it’s beautiful.”
The new wing features a dining room and a laundry room for residents who move in until the Alberta government issues a new licence.
“That gives me an opportunity to invite the donors in and be able to say a huge ‘thank you’ to them,” said Heller.
Heller said as soon as residents move in, construction will begin on the final 36-room phase.
The modernization project involves replacing the three oldest wings of the Vermilion Valley Lodge, which were built in 1960.
The current structure has 84 suites ranging from 150 to 280 square feet in size, and no longer fits the Government of Alberta’s standards to senior access.
The new build will include 52 new, 350 square feet rooms, which will each have a small kitchenette and walk in shower.
Of the 52 rooms, four will be one bedroom couple’s suites for a total of 124 rooms and a maximum of 130 residents.