New House planned at our Nanaimo Branch.

Our present house, Esther’s House, in Nanaimo is very popular and there is a waiting list– so the Committee is planning to sign a lease on a second house. It is 7 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. The Owner has had problems renting and is happy to negotiate a good lease for the first year with manageable rent and a security deposit of $600. We have already had offers of gifts for the house which will be named after founder Mary Gordon who died in June 2011.

Mary gave us our motto from the writings of Thomas Merton: “Every meeting of person can be an exchange of life’s gifts”–and from that we coined the name: The Human Exchange. She volunteered in Jean Vanier’s ┬áL’Arche houses for many years and felt that the spirit of L’Arche, where everyone lives together as equals, with different gifts and different weaknesses was also the spirit that we wanted to have in the Human Exchange–”a family of friends.”

Thanks to all those who have already offered to assist with this new project which will open in December after required maintenance is completed by the Owner.

To offer support please phone: 250-668-6008 in Nanaimo or send gifts to
VHES-Nanaimo Branch
#38 – 3200 Island Highway
P.O. Box 37082
V9T 6N4

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