Jacob's Ladder gets US$17,000 cold room

Monday, January 22, 2018

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THEIR roots date back to 1978 in the impoverished community of Mona Commons in St Andrew.

Forty years later, the Mustard Seed Community now serves over 600 children and young adults with disabilities, children affected by HIV/AIDS, and teen mothers along with their babies who belong to the most vulnerable groups in Jamaican society.

At the core, Mustard Seed has been helping individuals improve their lives — one person at a time, one day at a time, and one project at a time.

Mustard Seed also prides itself on ensuring their communities become self-sufficient and sustainable with the things they consume. With steady efforts they have been trying to achieve this at their Jacob's Ladder facility located in Moneague, St Ann. It serves as one of their main sites for agriculture and animal husbandry projects. Jacob's Ladder is home for individuals, over 18 with mental and physical disabilities. Currently the facility houses over 50 residents, but has a vision to accommodate some 500 adults.

Recently the National Baking Company Foundation (NBCF) donated and installed an 8 x 10 cold room at Jacob's Ladder at a cost of US$17,000.

Deacon Paul Dunn, administrator at Jacob's Ladder, said the facility has been in need of a cold room for at least a year, as they had inadequate storage for the meat they slaughter in their abattoir. The farm operated at Jacob's Ladder includes the rearing of pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, and rabbits. The livestock is slaughtered at regular intervals and used internally, while the surplus is sold as a means of generating income for the facility.

“The cold room is a much welcomed addition to the farm as it provides a storage space for the farm produce in an environment which helps to prolong their shelf life as well as minimise spoilage,” Dunn said.

Christine Scott-Brown, executive director of the National Baking Company Foundation, said Mustard Seed Communities is just one of the many charities that National Baking Company assists on a weekly basis. Since its inception in 1978, the Mustard Seed Community has benefited tremendously from investments made by National.

Furthermore, the relationship between Monsignor Gregory Ramkisoon at Mustard Seed Communities and patron of the National Baking Company Foundation, Mr Gary “Butch” Hendrickson, dates back to almost 40 years, which made the donation even more meaningful.

“It would only be second nature to assist Jacob's Ladder attain their goal of becoming a self-sufficient operation and we are happy that we are able to help them achieve this,” Scott-Brown said.

National always ensures that any organisation or charity that they make contributions to makes tangible use of the resources.

“Mustard Seed has proven themselves and their resilience over and over again.” Scott-Brown said.

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