TIMMINS, Ontario – Ontario Mining Association member Goldcorp has donated $100,000 to the Good Samaritan Inn in Timmins in support of the homeless. For the past 11 years, the Good Samaritan Inn has provided shelter, clothing and food for the people in need in this Northern Ontario community.
This major financial contribution from Goldcorp's Porcupine Mines, combined with community fundraising and the support of many volunteers has given Good Samaritan Inn the means to acquire a new building. For Goldcorp Porcupine Gold Mines, the decision to help out was an easy one, said GPGM general manager Marc Lauzier. "Goldcorp is proud to support such a worthy cause and needed service that makes Timmins a strong, healthier community."
On any given night, the Good Samaritan provides refuge for up to 42 people. According to a recent study by Laurentian University, it is estimated that there are 720 homeless individuals in Timmins including 257 youth under the age of 15.
"Goldcorp is proud to be partnering with the Good Samaritan Inn and supporting the purchase of a new building to provide shelter for the homeless," said Lauzier, "Supporting this excellent community-based group, the dedicated volunteers and the important work they are doing is one way we can do just that."
"We all have a responsibility to look after the less fortunate," said Ed Ligocki, chairman of the Good Samaritan Inn's board of directors. For Ligocki the Good Samaritan is about helping residents regain their lives. The approximately 800 people who use the facility during the year also gain access to counseling, support for getting back on their feet and assistance in searching for employment. The new facility means Good Samaritan Inn can continue to provide this vital community support for years to come.
The Good Samaritan Inn in Timmins is also supported by OMA members Lake Shore Gold, Dumas and Bestech. Mining companies are responsible, solution providing partners in society. They do more than find, extract and process minerals essential to our modern lifestyle. They volunteer and add great value to the quality of life in their communities and beyond.
Goldcorp is a leading senior gold producer with operations and development projects in Canada, United States, Mexico, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Chile and Argentina. Its Canadian operations include the Red Lake mine, Porcupine mines and Musselwhite mine in Ontario. In 2012, the company produced 2.3 million oz of gold and in 2013 production is anticipated to be between 2.55 and 2.8 million oz of gold. You can learn more about Goldcorp at Goldcorp.com.
* Peter McBride is the OMA manager of communications. Contact him at 416-364-9301 or [email protected].