Posted: 13-Dec-16

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Looking over plans for the new HOPE building (from left) Linda Vickery, HOPE coordinator; Yarmouth Mayor Pam Mood; Arnold Muise, chair of the HOPE board; and Doug Thistle, financial contributor and project coordinator.

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YARMOUTH -- The Handicapped Organization Promoting Equality (HOPE) will be getting a new home, thanks to a major monetary donation from Doug and Elaine Thistle and land provided by the Town of Yarmouth.

The new building will be located at the corner of Bond and Adelaide streets, across the street from the present-day HOPE Centre in Yarmouth’s south end.

 
 

The Thistles have donated $200,000 towards the project, which is expected to cost $280,000. A local fundraising campaign will be carried out to cover the balance of the cost.

The property on which the new facility will be built was given to HOPE by the town for a nominal price.

The project was officially announced Wednesday morning, Jan. 20, at the HOPE Centre.

“I am pleased that our contribution will enable this important community organization to carry out its work in a new facility,” said Doug Thistle.

Said Arnold Muise, chair of the HOPE board, “We are very pleased that Doug has jumped in with both feet and taken the lead role as project coordinator.”

Mayor Pam Mood said the project is great for HOPE and for the community in general.

The new HOPE building will be 2,500 square feet on one level, will be fully accessible and will have efficient mechanical and electrical systems to control operational costs. The new centre will also have green space for client activities and there are plans for a parking lot, a feature the existing HOPE centre doesn't have. There will also be a fenced-in area where HOPE can store its vans.

Work on the site is expected to start in mid-to-late April.