Life*Spin Celebrates 25th Anniversary of "Lifting People Up"
by Randy Richmond, The London Free Press
June 22nd, 2018
"After years of financial ups and downs and physical moves, the organization is celebrating this week dozens of accomplishments, including a building that’s a model of environmental, heritage and financial sustainability and the satisfaction of helping 5,000 people a year. "
Slowly but surely, and with help from donors and volunteers, Life*Spin has transformed a heritage building in Old East Village into a neighbourhood hub
"The paint’s been scraped and the 130-year-old stained glass underneath restored.
The roof has been turned into a solar power and money generator, and rain collector for the garden below.
The once-empty units boast a bakery and bakery workshop, a store and a community meeting room.
From an eyesore to a neighbourhood treasure, the transformation of the LifeSpin building on Dundas Street has already garnered awards and will now end up guiding other projects in the area.
The agency that helps low-income Londoners has created a combination social enterprise/affordable housing complex/environmentally friendly, heritage meeting place."
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Garden party to honour contributors
COMMUNITY: Neighbours made the Old East Common what it is today
The thing that catches my eye is the weathered wooden highchair.
Amid the trees, the shed, the garden bed, the benches and the basketball net, the highchair's presence in this tiny park seems curious.
It turns out a local resident used the highchair as an infant. And after his mother died, the man carried it into this little green space and left it here as a memorial. And that prompted a few other neighbours to start bringing in plants and bushes to honour the memory of their late loved ones.
In many ways, that chair is a perfect symbol of this little green space.
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A campus-wide program designed to increase awareness about service-learning, and provide Western students, staff and faculty with an opportunity to spend time together, engaged in active service in the London community. For the past three years LIFE*SPIN has taken part in Wetern Serves and volunteers have helped ready Old East Commons for planting and also planted 20 trees with ReForest London. Here are a few pictures of Western students working hard at LIFE*SPIN. Many hands make light work.
Christmas Sponsorship Video
This video details a bit about our Christmas Sponsorship program
Architectural Conservancy of Ontario - 2016 Award
LIFE*SPIN received the ACO Award for Preserving Built Heritage for the restoration of a historic block in Old East Village with careful attention to architectural and environmental details and for our engagement in a significant community project and housing initiative.