Staff at local addiction recovery centre House of Sophrosyne had long been trying to squirrel away enough money to replace the aging kitchen inside its residential treatment home in the city’s west end.

Finally, enough funding was gathered from grants and donations to help start the upgrade project in a modest way with hopes future fundraising would complete the required costs of about $50,000.

But then the COVID-19 pandemic hit earlier this year and all fundraising events staged by the addiction treatment and recovery centre for women had to be cancelled.

Wayne’s Custom Woodcraft had been retained to start the kitchen work at the residential home.

Seeing the need and dilemma facing House of Sophrosyne as the pandemic started to unfold, the contracting company’s owner Wayne Dupuis offered to go “above and beyond,” completing the kitchen, according to Karen Waddell, the centre’s executive director.

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