Renfrew County Real Estate Board will be hosting the 15th Annual Golf Tournament next week in support of Columbus House and The Grind Pembroke. I am pleased to say that my Team and I will be participating and helping to raise money for these 2 organizations.
Columbus House was formed in 1988, after a group of local businessmen and educators became concerned with students who were having difficulties living at home, but who had no other living options.
Out of these discussions, Columbus House was born; a housing option for youth which would allow the opportunity to pursue their education. Supported and sponsored by the local Knights of Columbus, Columbus House opened its doors to young women in 1990, and to young men in November of that same year.
To better serve the diverse needs of today’s youth, the Young Parent Support Program (YPSP) was introduced in 1999, and continues to offer young mothers the opportunity to complete their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) while their children are engaged in developmental programming on-site.
Since its inception, Columbus House has assisted over 2,000 youth in Renfrew County.
The Grind Pembroke strives to be agents of change in the community through their coffee house, emergency shelter and youth programs. They are a non-profit inter-denominational organization that demonstrates the love of Jesus ‘one cup at a time’. They are more than a community, they are a community.
The Grind Coffee House is a trendy coffee shop that offers hot beverages, and a sense of community in downtown Pembroke. It is run by a committed team of volunteers and operates on a by-donation policy. It strives to provide individuals with hope and skills for life change through various programs throughout the week. Their volunteers build trust, identify needs, and connect those who request help with community health and social services resources.
They provide temporary accommodations for male and female adults, 18 years and older, for a maximum of four days per week. Clients are either referred by community agencies or they can self-identify with Coffee House volunteers.
Please visit their websites to obtain more information or to donate.