The Rainbow Kitchen at Esquimalt United Church is about to get a complete overhaul thanks to a charity that does some heavy lifting for other charitable organizations.
This evening, a military band led a big crowd of volunteers up Lyall Street to mark the beginning of three weekends of work.
The $500,000 project is led by HeroWork, a charity that is embarking on its seventh Radical Renovation.
The charity uses donated time, labour and supplies to carry out much needed updates on facilities used by others helping out their communities.
“We get all our labour donated through about a hundred and seventy trades and hundreds of volunteers coming out, ” said HeroWork founder Paul Latour.
“We work with many suppliers throughout the city and the province to get us donated and discounted goods so that we can put it all together and to make this happen.”
The Rainbow Kitchen at Esquimalt United Church cooks up 36,000 meals a year for those in need.
“Our volunteers are so excited, its been a lot of work trying to prepare 125 meals a day in a tiny little kitchen that was never intended to do that,” said minister Leanne Benoit.
“It will make their workflow so much easier, it’ll be just a dream for them.”
The entire community wing of the United Church building is being renovated, including repairs to the roof, new windows and flooring, as well as painting and landscaping.