February 9, 2017
Liberty Lane Expands – Launches Kenny House $900,000 Capital Campaign
Kenny House to offer 50% more residential housing and wheelchair access.
“Building a Foundation for Safety”
Fredericton, NB – Liberty Lane, a Fredericton based charity that provides Second Stage Housing and Family Violence Prevention Outreach is moving and expanding the services it offers. The organisation provides housing and community services to women and their children affected by domestic violence. The new centre, Kenny House, will have 10 affordable rent apartments including a wheelchair accessible unit, and greater access to support services and general amenities than Liberty Lane’s current location.
“I am extremely excited for our new centre,” says Fiona Williams, Liberty Lane’s executive director. “Last year we had to turn away 17 women and their families because our residences were at capacity. The new facility is an exciting new chapter for Liberty Lane. It means a 50% increase in the number of apartments we can offer, it means we can now offer safe housing to women that need wheelchair access, and it puts us in central location where our clients can easily access regular amenities like grocery stores, doctor’s offices and the transit system – things we didn’t have at our old location.”
Kenny House is named after Joan and Bob Kenny. Bob was a Fredericton lawyer who passed away from ALS in 2015. Before Bob’s passing, he and his wife Joan worked with Liberty Lane to develop a fiscally responsible and workable plan for the construction of Kenny House. Joan is continuing to support Liberty Lane by acting as the Patron of the capital Campaign. “This is such important work,” says Mrs. Kenny. “I am so pleased to be part of campaign and deeply honoured to have our family name associated with the new construction.”
The capital campaign goal to support Kenny House is $900,000 to offset the mortgage and allow Liberty Lane to focus on programs to support women trying to leave violent situations. “The fundraising campaign is off to a strong start,” says Fiona Williams. “We have a focused fundraising board in place working to tap into the support we know the people of Fredericton and the surrounding area will provide. People understand the importance of the programs and services we offer. I have every confidence the people of Fredericton will help us reach our goal.”
Fiona Williams, Executive Director - Liberty Lane Inc.
Phone (506) 451-2120