Many years after the Homestead was built, the outhouse that served those living and working in the Homestead was replaced with flush toilets and showers inside the Homestead! Luxury had arrived at Homewood! Fast forward to 2020 and it was clear that the two bathrooms in the Homestead were in drastic need of renewal. Making the most of the Covid shutdown, the old bathrooms were completely gutted, along with some of the entrance hallway, to enable rotten wood and old insulation to be replaced.
A big thanks is due to our own Chris Contenti, Joel Loeve, and our Spring Crew who who replumbed both bathrooms and installed the new sinks, low flush toilets and showers. Thank you as well to Stramberg Construction, who helped us finish this project before summer began and volunteers, Freda and Johan Loeve, who helped with painting, clean-up and finishing touches.
Thanks to a ‘manna from heaven’ miracle, a local friend of Homewood, Judy Hagen, included the Homestead in a funding application to the Regional District to replace the old shake roof with a new metal roof. This will improve the fire resistance of the Homestead, which is important, because Homewood supports the Quadra Island community by being an emergency refuge center in case of fire, flood, earthquake or other catastrophe. In June 2021 we learned that Camp would receive up to $50,000 to replace the Homestead roof as part of the FireSmart program! Praise God for His provision!
Replacement of the Homestead roof will be done in September, when the Homestead will be empty again. The new roof will protect and extend the operating life of the Homestead for another 20 years or more. Please pray that this work will proceed smoothly.
We need your help! Along with the roof replacement we have a couple other areas of the Homestead to address:
Our Progress in Photos
Keep up with our progress with the photo gallery! As we continue to make progress on this project we'll update the gallery with new images, so keep checking back! To view the gallery, please click on any of the images below and scroll through!