Dulux Paint employee Dwayne Matear applies a coat of paint to the living quarters at the Kuu-us Crisis Line complex on Johnston Road last Saturday. Dulux donated $15

Facelift for Kuu-us on anniversary

The Kuu-us Crisis Line complex in Alberni got a fresh coat of paint courtesy of a Delux Paints international program,

What a fresh coat of paint and a little yard work will do for a place.

Volunteers were out in force at the Kuu-us Crisis Line complex on Johnston Road last Saturday giving the old buildings a face lift.

Chief among the volunteers were six Dulux Paints staff at the site who helped paint the buildings. The business donated $15,000 worth of time and material to paint the buildings as part of a special international program to assist the less fortunate, Dulux official Cary Herbers said.

“We wanted to do it earlier this year but we had a late spring and summer is our busy season,” Herbers said

A coat of paint was applied to the administration building, the living units and the storage shed. The colour scheme blends with the neighbourhood, said Kuu-us executive director Elia Nicholson-Nave.

“It’s amazing to watch this blossom. It’s like the cherry on top of the ice cream sundae,” Nicholson Nave said.

It’s been a year since Kuu-us assumed ownership of the property via a federal program, which gave homeless initiative programs first crack at federal properties it was disposing of.

Kuu-us officials applied for the Adding Colour To People’s Lives program last year and were subsequently chosen. The program is national in scope and the initiative is part of the World Wide Dulux Movement to add colour to people’s lives in neighbourhoods around the globe, from North and South America to Europe and Asia, Herbers said.

Domestically, each Dulux Paints store independently selects a local organization to support. Kuu-us works with the homeless, operates transitional housing and maintains a crisis line. Supporting its application was a natural, Herbers said.

Nicholson-Nave admitted the move was rocky at first and that there was an air of NIMBY-ism when they moved in. But residents and businesses have slowly warmed to their presence. One resident even volunteered on Saturday.

Several of the complex’s residents were also out painting and tending to yard work.

“It’s all about a sense of home and sense of pride and ownership,” Nicholson-Nave said. “We feel like a part of here now.”

reporter@albernivalleynews.com

Twitter.com/AlberniNews

Just Posted

Canadian folk singer returns to Char’s Landing in Port Alberni

Seth Anderson prepares to release latest album, We Could Be

ELECTION 2019: NDP’s Gord Johns re-elected in Courtenay-Alberni

Conservative Byron Horner finishes second, with Green Party’s Sean Wood third

Trudeau has won the most seats — but not a majority. What happens next?

Trudeau will have to deal with some of the implications of Monday’s result

LIVE MAP: Results in Canada’s 2019 federal election

Polls are now closed across the country

ELECTION 2019: Here are the results from our 12 B.C. races to watch

Incumbents mostly won our 12 key races, but there were a few upsets too

In the news: Liberals eke out a win, but will need NDP, Green support to pass bills

Conservatives say they are ready if Trudeau should falter

‘Issue-by-issue parliament’: Expert says Liberals need to placate NDP to be effective

Scandals, social issues, racism defined 2019 federal election, SFU prof says

Misconduct investigations spike by 65% across B.C.’s municipal police forces: report

Reports overall up 15 per cent while complaints made by public down seven per cent

‘Wexit’ talk percolates day after Liberals returned to power with minority

An online petition is calling for a western alliance and Alberta to separate

Federal election saw 66% of registered voters hit the polls across Canada

Roughly 18 million people cast their ballots, voting in a Liberal minority government

Alleged RCMP secret leaker must stay with B.C. parents while on bail

Cameron Ortis, 47, is charged with violating the Security of Information Act

‘Inconsistent’ message on climate change hurt Liberals at the polls: SFU prof

Trudeau government will have to make concessions to hold onto power

Opposition to Trans Mountain won’t change, B.C. minister says

Pipeline projects proceed under minority Trudeau government

Remains found under Kamloops street belong to woman who lived five centuries ago

Woman was between ages of 50 and 59, gave birth at least once, was right-handed

Most Read