An anchor in Moose Jaw's downtown is looking for support.
© Times-Herald photo by Nathan Frank.
Dorothy Yakichuk, chair of the Zion Church Community Under The Dome Project, hopes to find funding to fix the century old dome of the church.
Dorothy Yakiwchuk, of The Zion Church Community Under the Dome Project (CUD) told the Times-Herald that the dome overhead of the sanctuary is in need of repair after enduring over a century of harsh winters.
"Thawing has taken place, so there has been extensive leakage right at the attic of the dome and the roof level," said Yakiwchuk. "Then it's migrating into the walls of the sanctuary."
Yakiwchuk told the Times-Herald that continued leakage is damaging the non-insulated walls. The dome, she said, will cost $100,000 to fix. Because the church is a heritage site, the CUD is asking the 30 groups who use the facility to write letters of support. She explained that for Zion to receive heritage funding and grants, the various agencies they will be applying to will need to understand how important the church is to the community.
"If we ever lost that building on Main Street it would affect the whole community in the downtown to have that missing," she said. "I think that it would be travesty to the musicians and musical groups of different genres that use this building if it wasn't there."
Yakiwchuk explained that beyond music and worship, the church is used by many other groups, including: Hunger in Moose Jaw, who distribute food in the church and the wrestling club that use the annexed building for practice.
"It's quite the comprehensive community building. It's a church but it is very much a community building," she said.
Although CUD is hoping to receive grant funding they also hope the community will help by donating to the restoration of the church.
"I think what's important to understand is that all donations, regardless of size, will have an impact," Yakiwchuk said.
Donations can be made at the church office during church hours. If you have questions regarding the dome project, email Yakiwchuk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nathan Frank can be reached at 306-691-1263.