CLA housing project will be named after co-founder Jennie Gaglardi – Aldergrove Star

Due to heavy rain and high winds, the October 30 groundbreaking ceremony for the new Christian Life Assembly housing project has been moved inside the church in Langley. It will be called “Place Jennie Gaglardi”. Front row (left to right) Peter Fassbender, president of CLA Housing Society, Bob Gaglardi (Jennie’s son), Ian Martens, chairman of the church building committee, with a shovel used in a previous blow pickaxe for the church, and CLA Senior Pastor Derrick Hamre. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Christian Life Assembly Senior Pastor Derrick Hamre, stands next to a photo of church co-founders Jennie Gaglardi (left) and Loreen Drury, who founded the church in 1937. On Sunday, October 30, he been announced that a new affordable housing project, built by the church in conjunction with BC,.  Housing, will bear the name of Gaglardi.  (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)Christian Life Assembly Senior Pastor Derrick Hamre, stands next to a photo of church co-founders Jennie Gaglardi (left) and Loreen Drury, who founded the church in 1937. On Sunday, October 30, he been announced that a new affordable housing project, built by the church in conjunction with BC,. Housing, will bear the name of Gaglardi. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
On Sunday, October 30, the 85th anniversary of Langley's Christian Life Assembly Church, Peter Fassbender, president of the nonprofit CLA Housing Society, along with Christian Life Assembly senior pastor Derrick Hamre, announced that a church-supported affordable housing project will be named 'Jennie Gaglardi Place' after one of the two women who founded it.  (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)On Sunday, October 30, the 85th anniversary of Langley’s Christian Life Assembly Church, Peter Fassbender, president of the nonprofit CLA Housing Society, along with Christian Life Assembly senior pastor Derrick Hamre, announced that a church-supported affordable housing project will be named ‘Jennie Gaglardi Place’ after one of the two women who founded it. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

On Sunday, October 30, Langley’s Christian Life Assembly Church celebrated its 85th anniversary by dedicating a new housing project in the name of the late Jennie Gaglardi, who originally founded the church with Loreen Drury.

Langley's Christian Life Assembly 'Jennie Gaglardi Place' affordable housing project is set to open in spring 2024. (Special for Langley Advance Times)

Langley’s Christian Life Assembly ‘Jennie Gaglardi Place’ affordable housing project is set to open in spring 2024. (Special for Langley Advance Times)

In 1937 Gaglardi and Drury came to the community then known as Langley Prairie to start a children’s ministry, renting a small hall for $12 a month.

Gaglardi died in 1995.

Over the years, the church, originally known as “Langley Prairie Pentecostal”, grew to become the Christian Life Assembly, serving approximately 3,000 people in Langley, Maple Ridge, Coquitlam and Sooke Harbor .

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For the 85th anniversary on Sunday, Langley Church had planned an outdoor groundbreaking ceremony, but the event had to be moved indoors due to heavy rain and wind.

Peter Fassbender, President of the CLA housing Companyannounced that the project would be known as “Jennie Gaglardi Place”.

“His commitment and legacy lives on at Langley,” Fassbender said.

Members of the Gaglardi family, including his son, Bob, took part in the dedication, including a mock handjob.

One of the shovels used was from a previous turf shoot, organized to mark the start of construction of the church.

It was contributed by the son of one of the church board members at the time.

Pastor Derrick Hamre said the church has come a long way from humble beginnings, praising the congregation for their generosity in raising funds for worthy projects like humanitarian aid in Ukraine.

“You are part of something wonderful,” Hamre said.

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Jack Froese, outgoing mayor of the township, attended the inauguration. The combination of units, he said, “will help provide much-needed affordable housing for people in our community.”

“Building this project helps ensure a supply of quality, affordable housing for Langley residents, so they don’t have to leave their community,” said Andrew Mercier, MPP for Langley.

Megan Dykeman, MP for Langley East, said that by helping to fund the construction of the 98 units, as well as the 536 units in total completed or underway in Langley, “our government is supporting value and affordable housing in the Langley area. Langley for a wide range of individuals, including families and seniors.

Construction of Jennie Gaglardi Place is expected to be completed by spring 2024, on the west side of the church property at 21201 56th Ave. It will be near a former church-created housing project, Sharon Village, a co-op housing project, located behind CLA, which was built in 1987 by Pastor Don Cantelon and CLA management.

The province is providing $10.7 million to the project through the Building BC: Community Housing Fund and will provide annual operating funding. The Christian Life Assembly Housing Society is providing the land worth $6.4 million and the Township of Langley is contributing approximately $3 million in fee waivers.

The five-storey, 98-unit wood-frame building will provide housing for families, seniors and low-to-middle income people of all faiths in Langley, with a mix of studio, one, two and three-bedroom apartments. rooming residences, including 10 fully accessible and adaptable units.

“Partnering with Christian Life Assembly to provide other support services is the perfect outcome for families who will call the project home,” Fassbender commented.

More photos from the day can be seen online at the Langley Advance Times Facebook Page.


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