Rugby homelessness charity Hope 4 has now opened its new home for people who are homeless or badly housed in the town.
Its new base at the former Engineering Club in Newbold Road was opened to referred guests this week. It had previously run from temporary offices in Church Street.
And Hope 4 chairman the Rev Dr Michael Bochenski is delighted with the new premises. He said: “There are times in an organisation’s life when lots of hard work, people and planning all come together to make something new and significant happen.
“For Hope 4 these are such times. To be moving into our new home in Rugby after five years in temporary premises on Church Street and a ten-year search is marvellous.”
Work on the building has been ongoing since the charity bought it last summer.
It includes a new kitchen, a dining area and community lounge, office space and upgraded shower and toilet facilities.
In addition, the new Hope Centre has a recreation area, space for organisations to meet with guests, better access and facilities for disabled people and additional storage space for food, sleeping bags, tents, toiletries and clothing.
Hope 4 director Brian Coleman, who has overseen the complex refurbishing project, said: “We owe a huge debt to so many people who have given us their time and money, and their energy and skills – often at cost price or for free.
“We have witnessed a harvest of talents and generosity in recent months. It has been a privilege to see it all coming together so perfectly.”
An open day at the new centre is being held on Saturday March 21 between 10am and 3pm.
Anyone wishing to donate towards the work of Hope 4 can do so via the treasurer, Barbara Coleman at 8 Newbold Road, Rugby CV21 2LJ or via the Hope 4 web-site: www.hope4.org.uk
Those wishing to volunteer in the new centre can also find out how to do so on the Hope 4 website.