Taranaki Retreat Trust is a community-owned initiative, making a difference in our place.We are a charitable trust, seeking to provide safer space for people who may be finding life unsafe. We are building a place of sanctuary for ordinary people like you and me. Many people are feeling the pressure, these days - and there is a largely silent tragedy of loss by suicide which we yearn to help to heal. Aiming to open in March 2017, our purpose will be to welcome all kinds of people, of all ages, for all kinds of reasons from across Taranaki. We are so close to completing the construction phase! Please bookmark our blog and check back regularly on all that's happening. We welcome your involvement and support.
Thank you for your support and prayers, as this vision takes shape. Stay in touch!
Jamie Allen, Project Co-ordinator
Christmas is very nearly here and the month has whizzed by with lots of progress made. Click through the pictures below and you can see the lodge becoming a welcoming home. Once the gib stoppers had finished and all the architraving, skirting boards and windowsills were in, we were blessed to have a series of fabulous painters through the Master Painters Association in to transform the walls! Their attention to detail and qualityof work is extremely impressive, it looks beautiful now!
Once the walls were looking fabulous it was finally time for some fittings to go in..... Af full day of grafting saw the ffirst half of the kitchen we have been donated fitted onto the back wall (lots of persuasion needed!) - it brings the room alive to see an oven and bench top there now. The rest will be added on top of the flooring.
Just this last week, saw Cleggs Carpet Court out here adding gorgeous carpet throughout and laminate flooring in the kitchen. What a difference carpet makes!
We are SO close to finishing this project - tantalisingly close. We have been relying on mostly donated time and expertise from builders and painters, it is hard to find these kind, busy people at this time of year! We are so grateful to all those who been involved so far and for A1 Homes for co-ordinating all the various builders. Our next focus is to get the bathrooms fitted and then we can start furnishing and really getting ready to open. The next few weeks should be the most exciting!
Work outside the lodge has also been progressing. We had a group of International Students visit from Spotswood college and then spent the day digging and helping build some veggie planters. Much work has been done behind the lodge on sorting out the drainage and waste water system - such muddy work in all this rain! We have been trying hard to find another digger to complete the landscaping work and just last week HIrepool offered the loan of a digger to help us out. It is amazing what a digger can do with some dirt and a few hours. Especially when you're lucky enough to have the skills and patience of a legend of a digger driver, thanks Ernest.