As is customary every Independence season, on Wednesday October 23rd the Rotary Club of Dominica provided creole lunch and entertainment for the residents of the Grotto Home for the Homeless.
As part of their annual tradition, on the Wednesday preceding Creole Day, the members of the Rotary club forego their own lunch to sponsor the event, and spend time serving the food to the residents. The residents were also treated to steel pan music provided by Atherton and Julie Martin.
The relationship between the Rotary Club of Dominica and the Grotto Home for the Homeless spans for over a decade as part of the club’s mandate is to assist the less fortunate and give Service Above Self. It was in this vein that the club stepped in after Hurricane Maria to enact several much-needed repairs to the new Grotto building in Bellevue Rawle, Stockfarm.
At the time of the hurricane the residents were housed at the old Dominica Club House on High Street, Roseau while the new building was nearing completion. Hurricane Maria damaged both structures, putting the residents in a very precarious situation. The Rotary Club of Dominica then stepped in to enact repairs to the roof, walkway, and reception area of the new structure.
The club partnered with several organizations to accomplish this daunting tasks, namely: the Board of Directors at Community Hostels Inc., Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica (Ministry of Health), The Sandals Foundation, Debie Hardy and friends, Rotary District 7030, Rotary International, Rotary Club of Portsmouth, Sunshine Construction, Stewart F. Paris, Marvlyn Birmingham, and members of the Rotary club Of Dominica.