Community house extension complete

Two former managers of Cambridge Community House, Nicki de Reus, left, and Kiri Gray, with the current manager Harriet Dixon, at this month’s opening of the new CCH building.

The completion of Cambridge Community House’s (CCH) new building extension was celebrated by around 75 people who attended a special blessing on December 16.

Guests at the early morning event walked through the new building and shared a breakfast donated by Absolute Coffee House.  CCH manager Harriet Dixon said those attending included funders, friends of the House, past and current team members and volunteers.

“All of them have played a pivotal role in making this project a huge success,” she said. “It has been a true collaboration; finally we have a community house built for its purpose.”

Harriet said the building, which cost about $500,000, would help meet the current demand for services.  “Since the beginning of the year, we have seen a huge increase in need … double the demand in some areas. That is due to an increase in population, Covid-19, and a growth in awareness in our community for the services and support we provide. It is vital that our community knows we are here to support them in their time of need.”

She said assistance would be needed on an ongoing basis. “We need community support … donations of money, of time volunteering or things like food, to ensure we can continue to provide our services.”

Those happy to help can phone 07 827 5402 for details.

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