New digs for Harvest

Gary Ansell, Harvest’s executive director, welcomed guests to the non-profit’s new location on Tuesday. - Todd Coyne photo
Gary Ansell, Harvest’s executive director, welcomed guests to the non-profit’s new location on Tuesday.
— image credit: Todd Coyne photo

Suit jackets and blazers are the exception and not the rule inside most North Shore non-profits, but Tuesday’s ribbon-cutting in the Harvest Project’s new digs brought a rare cross-section of North Shore society through its doors.

The event marked Harvest’s move from its old city address on Bewicke Avenue to the new district address at 1073 Roosevelt Cres.

And if the new building wasn’t cause enough for celebration  — beautiful new client-care spaces and breezy communal room close to transit — the cost savings it will generate for the North Shore non-profit should be.

“It will actually save us about 25 per cent annually,” said Kevin Lee, Harvest’s development officer, about the new building.

While dropping Harvest’s monthly rent to three quarters the prior cost of its city address, the new Roosevelt location also expands Harvest’s office and client spaces by 30 per cent, Lee said.

“This gives us tons more functional space, more efficient space and puts us more in tune with what our clients needs are,” he added.

Lee said that since 2009, Harvest has seen a steady increase in the numbers of people and families coming through its doors looking for help with food, employment, shelter and other services for people in crisis.

Approximately 40 per cent of Harvest’s current clientele are single parents, 40 per cent are newcomers to the North Shore and the remaining 20 per cent are seniors and people with chronic health problems, Lee said.

In attendance for the ribbon-cutting and speech-making Tuesday alongside Harvest volunteers, clients and community organizers were district mayor Richard Walton, city mayor Darrell Mussatto and sitting West Vancouver mayor Trish Panz.

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