So far our downtown park project has been on the receiving end of some helpful grants. Special thanks to:
Niagara Community Foundation: $2500.00
Anglican Foundation of Canada: $14,500.00
City of Port Colborne: $15,000.00
Niagara WOW Grant (2017): $16,500.00
Niagara WOW Grant (2018): $14,500.00
New Horizons for Seniors Grant: $25,000.00
When we undertook this Park Project, we had no idea what to do with those derelict buildings. Then we met Rick and Heather Osborne, and Ozzy's Garage was born. Here's the latest update about how things are progressing in the future home of Ozzy's Garage.
"The renovations for program use are moving right along using help from both local contractors and church friends volunteering their time when and where they can. The building is warm and dry thanks to a new roof and furnace. Lighting was done by church members. Studding and drywall was installed by men from The Barn and Wainfleet BIC. We are now at the mudding and taping stage and getting the walls ready for paint. The toilet and sink were installed last week, and that was important because we have a young woman (accompanied by her social worker) starting the program next week. Rick is already meeting with between three to five youth at the shop and as many in meeting in Port Cares most weeks. Most of these young people are completing structured eight to ten weekly meetings to meet mandated requirements.
We work with Port Cares to deliver these once a week after school and early evenings. They all seem to enjoy working on our project vehicles and talking about their week. Each participant seems to have an area of interest like paint, upholstery or mechanics to work on during our time together. The 1976 Corvette that the youth have been working on is moving on to a shop in Wainfleet for finishing by March, but you will be able to see it at the Clarence St. car show every Thursday here in Port. A 1993 Harley Davidson motorcycle now sits in the corner of the shop waiting it’s turn as our next project.
We will plan on a “soft” open house the first nice Saturday in the spring so we can include a barbeque with a meet and greet walkthrough of the facility. We are beginning to see the impact of this building on the youth in our community and look forward to what the summer will bring. "