A downtown church in Williams Lake held an open house Thursday to thank the community who helped make their permanent home a reality.
Paul Lomavatu is a pastor with Cariboo Community Church.
“We have been meeting in schools and in other buildings, so we finally came to this place (old Field’s store) about a year ago when we got it and we’ve been working on it. Much of the things you see here has been just volunteers. I think it’s almost miraculous the work that has been here.”
Lomavatu adds that City Council has been trying to revitalize the downtown core and that they believe by them being there they are part of that.
“The blessing that we have in the Church is we have very good tradespeople so they could do some of the work and we just surround them with volunteers. Besides that, we have a lot of gifts that came from the community. It’s both people from within and the graciousness of people and the businesses in the community that allow us to have this building and it’s just been phenomenal.”
Lomavatu says that the gifts came in skill, material items, as well as financial contributions which they are very grateful for.
Cariboo Community Church has been in existence for more than 17 years.