Grace Cottage’s Maintenance Director, Jim Crozier, attacks
the kitchen project with enthusiasm!
Thanks to Grace Cottage Auxiliary and several major contributors,
a new kitchen is being constructed at Grace Cottage, long
overdue. “The original kitchen was built in 1954,”
said CEO Albert LaRochelle, “and it pretty much outlived
its usefulness years ago. When the Medicare surveyors told
us that it wouldn’t pass inspection next time, we had
no choice but to listen.”
Cottage Auxiliary graciously agreed to dedicate the proceeds
from Fair Day 2004 and Fair Day 2005 to the project, plus
the profits from the sale of a donated painting . Several
devoted supporters stepped up to the plate when asked by Grace
Cottage Foundation and, as a result, only $10,000 is left
to raise for the entire project, the total cost of which is
estimated to be $146,000.
commercial hospital kitchen for just $146,000 is possible
for several reasons. One is that, thanks in large part to
the Panwy Foundation, many pieces of equipment in the existing
kitchen are only a year or two old, including the dishwasher,
ice machine, stove, refrigerator/freezer, and can be moved
to the new location. Another reason that construction costs
should be reasonable is that Grace Cottage is blessed with
a very talented Maintenance Department. Thus, much of the
work can be done in-house, at great cost savings.
new kitchen, which should be completed by May, is located
in the space formerly occupied by Grace Cottage Adult Day
Services. The large community room will be available to the
public, by reservation, for non-profit meetings.