Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of May 1, 2006
A loving hearty warms L'Arche's new building
Ted Bradshaw's spirit lives on in the planned $1-million residence
By BILL GLEN
L'Arche held a three-week vigil in the U of A Hospital before Ted's heart finally stopped beating. His sister had moved to Bermuda, but flew back to Edmonton to be by his side.
When Kaminski told her that L'Arche would not leave as long as they were invited to stay, she told Kaminski she was grateful they cared so much about her brother. She also wanted to have a meeting to discuss a partnership.
Ted's sister returned to Bermuda to live with her daughter and son-in-law who works for an American billionaire. Kaminski got a telephone call from Ted's niece who said her mother could not stop talking about how L'Arche treated "her favourite uncle Ted." She wanted to do "something significant" for L'Arche.
"It turns out, they are donating $250,000 to the construction of this house," Kaminski said. "We still think Ted is helping us."
The house will have an elevator and a special tub and shower. Its south side will include an abundance of windows allowing for natural light and to help with heating bills.
Total living space in the two-storey building will be about 7,500 square feet. The garage will be heated so the core members will not have to experience the outdoor elements. Particular attention has been given to lighting and colours.
The new house will be ready for occupancy this fall.
Even with other donations, including more than $290,000 from the Edmonton Housing Trust Fund representing all three levels of government, L'Arche is still looking to finance some $249,000 by way of private donations and through its fundraising effort called the Cornerstone Campaign. The campaign declines contributions from foundations and organizations whose primary source of funding is derived from gaming.
Kaminski said this is a major undertaking for L'Arche.
"With a place like the Ted Bradshaw House, we will be able to care for those (aging) who are more severely disabled with dementia and less physically able to move. In the last three years, we have had to say goodbye to two people who went to other facilities that could care for them. It almost tore our heart apart."
L'Arche is also always looking to recruit and train resident (live-in) assistants. For more information, call (780) 465-0618.
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