Kia ora, dear friends
Progress is fantastic at the Taranaki Retreat site. As a family, we have now been living on site, in the Retreat Home, for just over a month. This has been an interesting experience! At first, we had no electricity, no water and no waste-water disposal.... This made for some interesting times - especially when the long-drop blew over in some quite impressive gales!
Little by little, those essentials have come together, and the Retreat now has electricity connected (thanks entirely to the generosity of Retreat supporters and local businesses); running water (in all the right places!) and even flushing toilets. Hot water was recently added, too, so baths and showers are now a regular feature of life!
Day by day, enquiries for the use of the Retreat are flooding in; from Taranaki families in need of this space, and from other social service organisations keen to find a time-out space for people in dire need. This is particularly heightened by the recent publication of suicide statistics for the year just gone, and how pressing the need for positive action is.
We were recently blessed to receive grants from the Lion Foundation and New Plymouth District Council. We need perhaps one or two more generous gifts or benefactors to enable the Lodge building to be started, and for the Retreat to begin operating. If you could help, please do get in touch.
Meanwhile, enjoy our latest round of site photos - including, excitingly, the Sanctuary building now well underway, thanks to our site manager, Vaughan, and our amazing workforce of volunteers and workers through WINZ. Extra hands are always appreciated for building, planting and landscaping.
Once again, thank you for your ongoing support. Please stay in touch, and keep rooting for us.
Jamie - Project Co-ordinator