Plenty of optimism at Shares grand opening

first_imgBill Fromhold loved a party and loved helping people. He would have loved the grand opening that honored his legacy on Friday.That’s what the widow, family, friends and admirers of the late Democratic state representative said while officially unveiling the Share Fromhold Service Center at 2306 N.E. Andresen Road. Hundreds of people, including local politicians and many who work in social services, turned out to cheer the completed renovation of what used to be Timber Lanes Bowling Alley.Share, a leading Vancouver nonprofit that provides emergency shelter, hot meals and more for homeless and hungry people, moved its offices, its staff of 37 and many of its client functions to the building about a month ago.“Bill was a positive, energetic person — an optimist to the very depths of his soul,” said Marcia Fromhold, his widow. “He would literally whistle his way through his morning routine.” Fromhold said her late husband’s same sense of optimism animates Share’s new building and all its programs — “whether it’s a hot meal, housing or a backpack full of food.” Share believeswhat Bill believed, she said: Today is better than yesterday, and tomorrow will be better than today.“The honor you’ve given Bill by naming the center after him would leave Bill humbled,” she said. “Bill loved a good party, and he would have loved this celebration.” Bill Fromhold died of leukemia in September 2010.CDM neighborWhile Share has been doing business out of its new headquarters since late February, there were some new announcements at the Friday afternoon grand opening, with its ribbon-cutting, tours and speeches in a dignitary-rich environment.last_img read more