Downtown Mission Campaign Gets $100K Boost

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It's the single largest donation to the Downtown Mission's campaign for its new home on Ouellette Ave.

Rob Tamblyn with the Tamblyn Family Foundation and president of HUB International, has donated $100,000 to the Building Hope campaign to renovate the Central Library branch at 850 Ouellette Ave. to house the mission's programs and services, along with 34 apartments for the homeless.

Tamblyn is also putting out a challenge to other businesses to match his donation.

"I think in any city when you got as many successful business entrepreneurs and people that we have here in Windsor, that they rally to many causes and if you can't take care of the homeless and poor, what do you take care of," says Tamblyn.

Tamblyn has been supporting the mission for 25 years.

"We want to see them succeed in their new building and continue to help the people of Windsor and Essex County out," he says. 

The mission is set to start construction at the Central Library in March 2020 and to address a concern about the homeless hanging out at the front of the building on Ouellette Ave, the mission has decided to design the building so the entrance is off Dufferin Ave. 

 

Mission Executive Director Ron Dunn hopes other businesses follow Tamblyn's lead.

"Mr. Tamblyn has been in business a long time in Windsor-Essex," says Dunn.  "He has gone through the numbers and it makes sense, he understands the need and his support is a vote of confidence for our project."

The goal of the campaign is to raise $9.3-million.  So far, $2.5-million has been raised.

Dunn admits initially there were some businesses that didn't support the purchase of the library, but he hopes as construction begins, that people will see the vision for the building.