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Spiraling construction costs force Greater Victoria organization to close

HeroWork renovated spaces for local charities
HeroWork executive director Paul Latour (right) in the warehouse with HeroWork volunteers finishing shelves for the Mustard Seed food bank. (News files)

An organization that renovated buildings for charities in Greater Victoria is closing its doors.

HeroWork made the announcement on Thursday (Aug. 31) that its 10-year run was ending.

“HeroWork has made a huge impact in Greater Victoria,” said Paul Latour, CEO and founder, in a statement.

Since its inception in 2014, HeroWork has renovated 17 buildings for charities serving vulnerable people in Greater Victoria with a value of $8 million, said Latour.

The society, in a statement, blamed “increasing construction costs, reduced returns on fundraising and successive financial losses on renovation projects. All of these relate to changing market conditions and the economic downturn.”

Thousands of volunteers and hundreds of companies supported HeroWork on the renovations. Community support and an amazing staff team made the charity transformations possible.

“Although HeroWork will no longer exist, the need for renewing charity infrastructure remains,” said Latour.

Some of HeroWork’s renovations were transforming a youth detention centre in View Royal and turning it into a home for up to 80 men experiencing homelessness run by Our Place, plus the food distribution hub for Mustard Seed.

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Chris Campbell

About the Author: Chris Campbell

I joined the Victoria News hub as an editor in 2023, bringing with me over 30 years of experience from community newspapers in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley
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