A renovation project that will transform Merseyside Jewish Community Care's Shifrin House HQ is set for completion this month.
The "several hundred thousand pound" outlay - funded from donations and the MJCC reserves - is a significant commitment for a charity in a small community. But MJCC president Howard Winik said the building had deteriorated "to the extent that it became almost uninhabitable and no longer complied with health and safety requirements.
"Our board decided that with a little imagination, we could create a combined community and administration centre with the flexibility to provide new services and respond to changing needs for years to come. We hope it will be the hub of the community."
Mr Winik added that MJCC's 400-plus clients would notice a brighter interior with new lighting. "Colours have been chosen to assist those with visual disability and there will be disbled access. There will be better interview facilities and we will be able to enhance the services we provide for people with mental health issues."
The Merseyside community had been consulted about use of the large open space in the refurbished building and Mr Winik envisioned book clubs and dance and art groups meeting there. It could also generate income as a small conference venue. MJCC can call on 300 volunteers and it prepares and distributes 50,000 kosher meals annually.