The new Gibney House is getting an injection this holiday season from Husky Energy.
Dawn Veltikold, donation coordinator for Husky Energy, said that the donation of $8,000 to the Lloydminster Social Action Coalition is one that is important, especially during this time of year.
“You have heard lately that Lloydminster is really struggling for accommodation for some of the homeless and some of the men that are starting out here in our city,” she said.
“This is a step for the Men’s Shelter to allow for some better, more stable accommodation for people who are just getting their feet on the ground.”
Veltikold said that Husky Energy is just thrilled to be able to help some of the men in Lloydminster who are trying to get a proper footing in the Border City.
“This Gibney House is an outreach of the Men’s Shelter and a great promotion,” she said.
Neil Harris, chairman for the Homes For All committee for the Lloydminster Men’s Shelter organization, said that the board is excited to get the donation from Husky Energy.
“This donation will help us renovate the affordable Gibney House duplex,” he said.
Harris said that the new Gibney House will room eight men, who are just starting out in the work force.
“Gibney House will allow men to be able to afford the rental accommodation at the Gibney House compared to the high rent in and around the Lloydminster area,” he said, addign that the project is heavily reliant on raising money from organizations, and its one major fundraiser that it holds in February, the Coldest Night of the Year.
“Money from that fundraiser will go towards our organization and also will go towards this project.”
Asked what the total cost for complete renovations on the Gibney House will be, Harris said roughly $30,000 is needed to renovate the project before men will be able to move into the house.
“For this project, we have targeted $30,000 for renovations,” he said. “It’s an older building, and it was built in the 1970s. It has an older boiler heater system, and it does need some upgrades.
“We were targeting around $30,000 to make it an eight-bedroom facility.”
Harris said that the project is well on its way to achieving that goal.
He added that there is hope to have the Gibney House operational in spring of 2015.