Little House Society thanks their community sponsors
The South Delta Little House Society thanked sponsors and donors Wednesday (Oct.10) evening at Delta municipal hall for raising the money that helped build a new state-of-the-art facility to tackle drug and alcohol abuse.
As many as 121 different businesses raised $600,000 and more than 200 individuals and groups also donated to make the new house on 12th Avenue possible.
"We have no true understanding of the pain that substance abuse causes mothers and grandmothers," said Little House Society president Jim Stimson, who kicked alcoholism 40 years ago.
He spoke about the difficulties his mother went through trying to deal with his father's alcoholism, but ultimately failed to help him because she didn't know what to do.
"My mother did all the wrong things for the right reasons," he said.
Stimson said the society isn't a drug and alcohol counselling centre so much as it is an educational resource for people and families in need. And although some people in South Delta might think the community is too affluent to fall prey to substance abuse, it's just not true.
"There's been an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at the Ladner United Church for 60 years, and they didn't do that because they have alcoholics in Chilliwack," said Stimson.
The Little House Society currently owes $8,000 and would like to raise an additional $7,000 for rain awnings. To be completely debt-free, Stimson said the organization will need to raise $15,000 more.
The Society currently has seven different recovery groups holding 15 weekly meetings in the new facility. That means there are more than 780 individual visits per month for the purpose of personal and family healing, Stimson said.
For more information, visit www.littlehousesociety.ca.