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Businesses band together to create deck for homeless shelter

OUTSIDE INFLUENCE: Projects Unlimited construction supervisor Phil Kirkland, owner John Kolesky and business development manager Scott Blazely are looking forward to the completion of the outside deck.
OUTSIDE INFLUENCE: Projects Unlimited construction supervisor Phil Kirkland, owner John Kolesky and business development manager Scott Blazely are looking forward to the completion of the outside deck. Luka Kauzlaric

BOARDS are in place and posts aligned - meaning a future deck for Gladstone Roseberry House residents is just around the corner.

The local home has been operating for almost 13 years, sheltering youth aged 16-25, and others who are experiencing homelessness.

Now local construction and maintenance company Projects Unlimited - along with CQ Frames and Trusses, Plumbing Unlimited and a local steel supplier (who does not wish to be named) have joined together to build a new deck for the residents to enjoy.

Projects Unlimited business development manager Scott Blazely said the deck's completion date was about two weeks away, weather permitting.

"We first became involved with Roseberry House through the Gladstone Engineering Alliance (GEA) Charity Golf Day," he said.

Projects Unlimited sponsored the golf day which resulted in funds raised being donated to the local shelter.

Roseberry House initially wanted to use the money for a new outside deck but Projects Unlimited had a better plan - keep the money and they would build the deck.

Mr Blazely said that way they could use the money on the kids and other essential items.

"It should make a huge difference getting the kids outside," he said.

Roseberry general manager Colleen Tribe said some of the younger people attended school or employment and went outside to talk about their day's events.

The new deck would mean the residents could spend some time together in a comfortable and larger setting.

"If we have the house full it means there's seven young adults - so this will mean not so much bumping into each other.

"It will also be more of a safe space as they are renovating the old deck as well as expanding."

Mrs Tribe said they intend to purchase a barbecue in the near future which would tie in perfectly.

"We really appreciate how they've co-ordinated it together," she said in relation to the project.

"The generosity of businesses in Gladstone has just been awesome."

Topics:  charity gladstone homelessness roseberry house



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