$6,628.00 raised of $3,000.00 goal
Red Road Lodge
CEO and Board Chair
Richard Walls, originally from Moosomin,SK, obtained a Bachelor of Interior Design from the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Architecture. For more than 30 years, Richard owned and operated his own interior design consulting firm, ADI Designworks, specializing in hotel and restaurant design, as well as, the restoration and renovation of heritage buildings, having rejuvenated many buildings in the Exchange District. A founding member and President/Chair of the Old Market Square Association, which has now been renamed the Exchange District, Richard is currently active and engaged in many organizations that focus onMain Street’s revival, as well as social issues like homelessness, mental health and crime. In 2003, Richard embarked on a mission to change the face of Main Street using arts and culture as a catalyst for change. He purchased 611 Main, the former Norman’s Meats building and transformed it into a mixed-use facility, with the main floor focused on arts related activities and organizations and the second floor was renovated to accommodated 8 affordable housing loft style apartments. In 2004, Richard established a not-for-profit organization, Red Road Lodge, and purchased the New Occidental Hotel. After running the facility as a hotel for about a year, Richard decided to stop selling liquor, cigarettes and removed the VLTs, and created 45 transitional housing units, providing a safe, dry place for people to live while in recovery from substance abuse. During the past four years, the Red Road Lodge has evolved into facility that is focused on housing homeless individuals who suffer with mental heath issues and have no where else to live.