St. Andrew’s United Church in Enderby is raising funds for an elevator. The goal is to make the facility accessible.

St. Andrew’s United Church in Enderby is raising funds for an elevator. The goal is to make the facility accessible.

Church looking for a lift

St. Andrew’s United wants to install an elevator in the historic building but help is needed

An Enderby church is stepping out in faith to promote increased accessibility.

St. Andrew’s United wants to install an elevator/lift in the historic building but help is needed from the wider community.

“The project will cost an estimated $69,000.  We are $7,500 short,” said Lorraine Powell, accessibility project committee member.

“In addition to this, a major part of the roof needs to be repaired at an estimated cost of $9,000.

To date, $25,000 has come from the federal government, $5,000 from the Community Foundation of the North Okanagan, $2,000 from the Enderby Lions Club and $29,5000 from St. Andrew’s congregation.

Beyond services for the United Church and the Seventh Day Adventist, the building hosts a number of community activities.

“It is home to the Enderby and District Community Resource Centre, the Enderby Food Bank, Joy of Music School and the meeting place for AA, Al anon, the community garden, MacKenzie Camp Society, a local drama group, and many organizations who use the building for meetings and workshops, weddings and celebrations of life,” said Powell.

The building is not accessible for people with wheelchairs, walkers and strollers and the groceries required to be carried in and out for the food bank present a challenge.

“At times, food bank recipients have to be interviewed outdoors,” said Powell.

“In an aging and changing population, the goal is for all pubic buildings to be accessible, and in good repair.”

Tax receipts will be issued for all donations $20 and over.

Mail donations to St. Andrew’s United Church, Box 304, Enderby, V0E 1V0, or for more information, call 250-838-7315 or 250-463-5385. Check out the website at www.standrewsenderby.com