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Little House just $50,000 shy of fundraising goal

12th Ave. facility expected to be ready by November

As the Little House on 12th Avenue in Tsawwassen continues to become a reality, the group behind it is still working to raise the rest of the money needed for the project.

Originally a family home, the little white house was purchased by Delta in 1979 to serve as a home for programs offered by Delta Mental Health and Richmond Alcohol and Drug Action Team.

In May 1982, it was made available for 12-step meetings and in 2004 The Little House Society was established to oversee the facility.

For 27 years, the house served as a meeting place for 12-step recovery groups before being destroyed by fire in 2009.

Late last year the society launched a $250,000 fundraising campaign to help rebuild the house.

After many donations - cash and in-kind - from people in the community and a successful jazz dinner fundraiser last month, the society is still $50,000 away from its goal.

More than 100 people attended the dinner and jazz night at Sharkey's in Ladner, which featured a three-course meal and entertainment by the Pat Gurr Trio. The event raised about $2,500.

Construction continues on the house. The doors and windows are in and work is beginning on the interior. Completion is slated for the end of November.

Aside from rebuilding the house, the society is aiming at expanding its services. The 1,800-squarefoot facility will also be available to the community for use as a multi-purpose space as well as an education facility for the group.

As part of its mission, the society has committed to reduce and prevent the harm associated with substance abuse, and to support the efforts of abstinencebased recovery through the collaboration, education and facilitation with community stakeholders.

Community education about alcohol and drug abuse and addiction is a key part of the society's goals and something it hopes to facilitate through the new house.

For more information, or to make a donation, call Jim Stimson at 778-887-1828.

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