Thank you so very, very, very much for your support during 2014. During this year, we have seen this vision shape and grow - and take root. We are very hopeful that Taranaki Retreat will be welcoming visitors by the middle of 2015.
A tremendous Christmas present to the Retreat was support forthcoming from the TSB Community Trust, which will enable us to build the Lodge where guests will stay. We acknowledge with humble gratitude this support, and the care that it represents for Taranaki's people. A significant aspect of the Retreat's vision is suicide prevention. We know that this sanctuary will save lives. We are so grateful to all those who share this longing, and who have gifted the Retreat their time, funds or energy during 2014.
We have a long way to go before we have funded our Quiet Room - where counselling, support work and daily prayer will happen - and just simple chilling out. Please consider a donation to help with this building, via our Give-A-Little page. THANK YOU! We have just over $36,000 left to raise to get the floor in, the building up, and even a simple carpet in place - and we WILL get there.
The Retreat was selected as the nominated charity for the Festival of Lights this year. On Sunday evening, we were invited to shake the buckets as people arrived for the evening - and over $350 was raised for the Retreat. Fabulous :) Click this link to find out more :) These funds will be put towards the ongoing construction work on the site -- speaking of which....
Over this week, Ernie has been working on constructing the access to the Quiet Room, which is separate from the rest of the Retreat, on the other side of a little stream. Please see the photos for more info. Ernie - you are an inspiration to us all. Pipes and digger - both donated. Amazing, eh!
Jim and Tom have continued to graft away in the Retreat House - which is really starting to shape up. Not long now, and ceilings will start to be installed, and maybe even a wall-lining or two. Nothing can happen, though, until the meticulous work of getting everything right inside is done (eg, applying building paper in all the outside wall cavities.
If you can help in any way - please get in touch. There are volunteer jobs to suit anyone and everyone!
Happy new year to YOU :)))
Dear Friends of Taranaki Retreat
Momentum is certainly gathering in the building of this community facility here in Taranaki.
We are most profoundly grateful for the loan of an excavator, which has enabled a large soakage bed to be dug, ready for the wastewater system, and the building platform for the Lodge (where guests will stay) to be prepared.
Externally, the Retreat Family Home has been treated to some excellent attention to the roofing, weatherboarding and spouting. Internally, all the wall-linings have been removed ready for gib; all the ceilings the same, and the internal wiring has been completed.
The most intruiging moment to date, probably (and there have been many!) - was the discovery of a large honeycomb, dripping with gorgeous sweet honey, behind the boards in one of the bedrooms. Strange smell now explained!
Meanwhile - thank you very much indeed for your support for the "Kind Hands" programme for the Chapel - it's a great idea for a Christmas gift. If you've not got yours yet, please have a look at our Givealittle page and support the building of this healing space.
All the very best to you and yours for Christmas, from all the Team at Taranaki Retreat :)
Dear Friends of Taranaki Retreat
Work is progressing indoors and outdoors.
- An awesome play area was donated to the Retreat - this is currently under construction. Among the advantages of this delightful addition is that families working on the Retreat will soon have somewhere extra cool for children to hang out and enjoy the Summer.
- The massive task of renovating the Retreat Family Home is well under way, particularly thanks to the incredible oversight and vision of Jim, and the legendary labours of Tom. The whole thing is a spectacular piece of teamwork, though - and there's nothing better than when an extra person arrives to get stuck into the plan for the day. So, please don't hesitate to visit.
Amongst the most impressive innovations are Jim's carpet transport box. Incredible.
Ceilings are being pulled down, and wall-linings removed, ready for the next stage of this lovely building's life. Are YOU an expert with gib? We need you. Get in touch.
Also -- a couple of extra A-style ladders would be really helpful right now - do you have one you no longer need, or could lend us, by any chance? Call or message us, please :))
Ka kite ano
Jamie and Team Retreat