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  • The house is valued at approximately $450,000
  • JP and member of the Watson Town Community Benevolent Society, Hume Innis said that the house will be painted shortly
  • The completion and handing over of the unit was the first project of the Society

Indigent resident of the community of Dumfries in Eastern St. James, Dudley Jackson, can now live in comfort having received a new one-bedroom unit from the Watson Town Community Benevolent Society on Tuesday, September 10.

The house, which has been furnished, is valued at approximately $450,000.

Mr. Jackson’s plight came to the attention of the society, which then organised fund raising initiatives and established partnerships with its members and local businesses in and around the community and parish.

The Society was also assisted by a member of Mr. Jackson’s family, who made it possible for the house to be completed, allaying fears that he could be seriously hurt or killed, if a hurricane should strike.

Justice of the Peace and member of the Watson Town Community Benevolent Society, Hume Innis said that the house will be painted shortly.

“Through fund raising initiatives, the project was undertaken and completed and we are today, proudly handing over this completed unit to him…despite the difficulties experienced in securing funding for the project, the Society remains committed to assisting our citizens whenever and wherever possible,” Mr. Innis pointed out.

Commending members of the group for the tremendous demonstration of love and concern for the less fortunate, returning resident, Roy Russell said the gesture represents what can be accomplished when communities work together.

“This is love and if the community within this district, behave the same way as this (Benevolent Society) group behave, then we should be on our way overcoming a lot of our obstacles and challenges as a community and as a country.  We need to wake up and unite and link ourselves together in love and assist those among us that are in need,” Mr. Russell urged.

President of the Watson Town Community Benevolent Society, Rita Spence, told JIS News that the completion and handing over of the unit to Mr. Jackson was the first project of the Society and that plans were underway for other projects in the community.