CAW Local 199 has partnered with Bethlehem Housing and Support Services to find a permanent solution to homelessness in Niagara, and to create our new housing project.
For many years CAW Local 199 has contributed generously to the community. Since 1999, they have hosted a Christmas dinner for clients of local community agencies. In that time, the guest list has grown to 650 and volunteers now outnumber tasks and are assigned to waiting lists.
Clearly, the membership has a strong desire to help the community. Thus they became partners with Bethlehem Projects to find a permanent solution to address homelessness and create our new housing project.
Active and retired members of CAW 199 are donating their time and skills to make the new building a reality. As you can see, they helped clear the lot and they are currently helping with fundraising, security and general labour. Later in the construction the volunteers will hang cupboards, paint and landscape.
When you give your time to this type of project, you find yourself learning so much about others and about what it takes to foster hope and self-respect. The work is a pleasure, the fellowship on the job is powerful, and the sense of accomplishment you get at the end of the job is incredibly satisfying.