Kindred Credit Union Supports Elmira District Community Living and Mennohomes in Providing Affordable and Supportive Housing
$20,000 grant will help inspire peaceful, just, and prosperous communities
Kitchener, ON – Kindred Credit Union has donated $20,000 to support the efforts of two organizations in Elmira working to increase the availability of supportive and affordable housing. Elmira District Community Living (EDCL) and MennoHomes, have each received $10,000 grants to advance their respective building projects.
Elmira District Community Living’s Field of Dreams campaign is building inclusive housing for adults with intellectual disabilities to live more independently, supported by the community, technology and ‘good neighbours’.
MennoHomes is filling the gap in affordable housing with a new 25 unit apartment building that will dramatically improve resident’s lives. With one, two and three bedroom units, it will be the only affordable rental apartment building in Elmira with an elevator.
According to Kindred Credit Union’s chief executive officer Brent Zorgdrager, “enabling all people to live, share and participate fully and equally in community is the cornerstone of prosperous communities. MennoHomes and Elmira District Community Living both embody this spirit. At Kindred Credit Union we believe banking with purpose can impact the world in amazing ways, and we’re inspired by these organizations that are making a world of difference in our communities.”
“MennoHomes has heard from over 200 households interested in submitting housing applications for just 25 available units, says Dan Driedger, executive director of MennoHomes. The community need is very real. Kindred’s financial support builds on the strong local support for this project, and will go a long way to ensuring that our project is successful.”
Greg Bechard, executive director of EDCL says, “the Elmira Developmental Support Corporation and Elmira District Community Living are grateful for the support of Kindred in completing Phase 2 of its Field of Dreams housing development. When completed this co-housing project will provide 28 homes for individuals with an intellectual disability, seniors, single mothers and young families starting out in life. While living in this co-housing community, individuals in their own home agree to support one another in their daily lives ensuring mutual safety and addressing issues of loneliness and isolation.”
About Kindred Credit Union
Kindred Credit Union (Kindred) is a member-owned financial cooperative based in Kitchener, Ontario. Kindred’s values-centred approach is woven into everything we do and makes us the one-of-a-kind choice for people across Ontario who want to connect their values and faith with their finances. Kindred has eight full-service branches in Southwestern Ontario, offering a complete range of banking, investing, and borrowing products and services. For more information please visit www.kindredcu.com.
About Reception House
The Elmira District Community Living is a non-profit, charitable association founded in 1961 in order to ensure that persons with an intellectual disability should live in a state of dignity, share in all elements of living in our ‘community’ and have the opportunity to participate effectively. The purpose of this Association is to ensure that people with an intellectual disability will receive such education, training, and guidance as will enable them to develop to their fullest potential. To assist families to understand and aid their relative and to foster awareness within the community of the abilities and needs of its citizens who have an intellectual disability. For more information please visit www.elmiradd.com.
Founded as a charitable organization in 2001, MennoHomes builds and rents affordable housing to seniors and families in Waterloo Region. MennoHomes has provided 105 units in Kitchener, Elmira, and Wellesley. Government grants and private donations enable MennoHomes to rent units beginning at 60% of the average market rent to qualified tenants. For more information please visit www.mennohomes.com.
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