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Scotiabank donating building to House of Lazarus

Scotiabank is donating the South Mountain building to the House of Lazarus (HOL) food bank.

Martine Laviolette, District Vice President, St. Lawrence District, says Scotiabank is proud to be able to donate the building to the South Mountain Community to assist with the expansion of the House of Lazarus.

“We have been members of the North Dundas community for over 100 years and are happy to see this building continue to serve as centre for the community.”

The South Mountain location of the food bank, at 10619 Main Street, will be opening by early September. There will be no interruption in services for food bank clients.

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HOL client services manager Kim Merkley says they are grateful for this generous donation and the current food bank location is in a crisis for space.

“We’re really excited about having the extra space for our food bank. It will allow us to better serve our clients and to work more efficiently.”

Mark vanDelst, HOL’s board of directors chair, says they hope to continue to be that connection within the village with this gift and the continued support from the community.

“House of Lazarus started over 30 years ago out of the trunk of a car. Over the years we have grown as we deepened our connections within the local community. This seems to be the next evolution in our story. The bank is more than a business. It is also a gathering place.”

According to the media release, the South Mountain building will also offer a community gathering space where residents can stop by for coffee and more once provincial regulations allow for larger meetings.

When the new location opens, food donations will be accepted in both Mountain and South Mountain.

For updates from HOL visit their Facebook page here.

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