The Cowichan Valley Alano Club is looking for assistance from the public as it prepares its new location to provide meeting-room space for local groups that help people with addictions to hold their daily or weekly meetings.
The club was founded in 1987 as a non-profit society for the purpose of providing a resource centre and safe haven for people recovering from addictions.
Some of the groups who rent meeting room space from the club are Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, Co-Dependents Anonymous, Alanon, a variety of women’s only or men’s only groups, and many 12-step group study programs.
Club chairman Orlando Sumners said that over the years, the Alano Club has evolved and now also provides a canteen with tables and chairs offering an assortment of coffee, snacks, lunch specials and Sunday breakfast.
“People in recovery can come in, have a cup of coffee or a snack and have fellowship over a game of crib,” he said.
“We also offer special events like Games Night, dinner specials and have opened our facilities annually for the Christmas Alcathon Dinner each Dec. 24 for people that may not have a place to go at Christmas.”
But Sumners said that in March, 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic caused public health orders to be put in place which closed most facilities, including the Alano Club’s, and meetings were suspended, but the club kept preparing for the health restrictions to end.
Then its lease ran out and now the club has moved to a new location at 450 Whistler St. in Duncan.
Sumners said the club did a massive renovation at the new facility, but is still short about $15,000 for kitchen appliances, tables, chairs, landscaping and other needed materials.
“Please help us with any donation big or small to reach our goal to keep the CVAC alive and thriving in our community,” he said.
Donations can be made at the GoFundMe page https://gofund.me/764e5b0e .