This Dunham grant will fund a series of capital improvement projects, most notably the purchase of a new box truck that helps Wayside residents build workforce skills to make them more employable. Through this program they carry out delivery and pick-up of donated items, work at WCM’s resale stores and help with stocking and tracking of supplies, among other tasks. Many residents have never been employed before, so this program helps them build job skills, making them more workforce-ready.
Other upgrades include a new retaining wall and carpet replacement at the Lifespring Ministry that offers a long-term transitional living program for women and women with children who have lost their housing due to addiction, abuse or financial reasons. These new enhancements will provide a facility that is clean, safe and helps preserve the dignity of residents as they learn the necessary skills to live independently.