The newly reconstructed Wortley Home for Girls at Maurice Hill, Constant Spring will be rededicated and officially reopened on Wednesday, February 28 at 10.00 a.m.
Construction of the modern, split-level structure designed by architect Rivi Gardner following the 2015 fire which destroyed the previous building, was completed in December 2017. The project was managed by Food for the Poor under a Memorandum of Understanding with the Diocese of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands (Anglican) which owns and operates the Home, which was established in 1918.
The new Wortley Home will accommodate 32 girls – up from the previous capacity of 24. Facilities include two-16 bed dormitories, a sick bay, a homework and study room equipped with computers, separate bedrooms and bathrooms for the House Mother and staff. An office and meeting room, as well as a common area for visitors have also been provided.
Emergency staircases, a modern security system and landscaped grounds are other features.
The Rt. Rev. Howard Gregory, Bishop of Jamaica and The Cayman Islands will rededicate the building and will be joined in the ceremonial ribbon-cutting by
Mr. Andrew Mahfood, Chairman of Food for the Poor Jamaica.
The Bishop will also rededicate an adjoining building housing the kitchen, dining room and laundry which was refurbished with sponsorship from the Boswell Facey Foundation, whose representatives will unveil a commemorative plaque at the entrance.
Other guests at the re-opening ceremony will include Mrs. Rosalee Gage-Grey, of the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA), community stakeholders and a cross-section of local and overseas donors.