The Maria Holder Memorial Trust has donated a 15-passenger Toyota Hiace minibus to Verdun House, the St. John addiction treatment facility. The minibus, valued at $78,107.13 will fill a number of needs at Verdun House and allow for improved access to activities for the facility’s clients.

“We are very grateful to The Maria Holder Memorial Trust for the generous donation of this vehicle”, commented Bernard Pooler, Verdun House’s Director of Operations. “We will use the minibus to fulfil a number of tasks from transportation to and from Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, to helping clients get to medical appointments and jobs off property. In short, the minibus will allow Verdun House to fulfil our mandate to meet the needs of our clients in as they work to overcome the challenges posed by their addictions”.

Pooler pointed out that prior to the donation of the minibus by The Maria Holder Memorial Trust, Verdun House clients used public transportation in the company of either a counsellor or a senior peer to off-site appointments or obligations, a situation that he described as “less than desirable”.

L-R: Bernard Pooler, Director of Operations, Verdun House; Jacqui Lewis, Clinical Director, Verdun House; Michael Russell, Trustee, The Maria Holder Memorial Trust; Donna Clarke – Project Manager, The Maria Holder Memorial Trust; Jane Armstrong, Chief Project Manager, The Maria Holder Memorial Trust

The donation of this vehicle to Verdun House continues our commitment to the betterment of the lives of the people of Barbados”, said Jane Armstrong, Chief Project Manager of The Maria Holder Memorial Trust during ceremonies marking the handover of the Toyota vehicle to the staff of Verdun House. “Helping to meet the transportation needs of the clients of Verdun House will contribute toward their rehabilitative efforts and will benefit our society as a whole. This is very much in line with our mission and goals at The Trust.

The donation to Verdun House continues a series of contributions by the group that includes the building of the Maria Holder Nursery School at Sharon, St. Thomas; the recently announced renovation of the Pinelands Community Centre in Regent Hill, The Pine, St. Michael and a partnership with the Government of Barbados to construct six more nursery schools across the island.

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