I’ve got nowhere else to go.
– Mom experiencing a housing crisis
Partnering to bring hope through housing
Redwood Park Communities in partnership with The Salvation Army is building a Family Short-Term Supportive Housing Centre: a two-storey building with 12 fully furnished, two bedroom apartments for families in crisis.
The building will feature a great room, complete with a spacious kitchen and a large stone fireplace. It’s a space where families’ lives intersect, fostering community. We believe that the opposite of homelessness is not just housing, it’s community.
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The building is taking shape, and it is getting easier and easier to picture the first families moving in. Check back often and follow us on Facebook to stay up to date on construction progress! Or, subscribe to receive monthly-ish updates specifically about this project.
“I’ve got nowhere else to go.” For years, Sophia has been working 2 jobs to keep up with the bills. But after the holidays, she started getting fewer shifts at the store and ended up short on rent one month, then another. She found herself having to choose between paying the rent and buying groceries, always with the hope that next month things might be better. A tense encounter with her landlord resulted in an eviction, and Sophia found herself standing in front of Tracy, the Family Support Worker at The Salvation Army, with her spouse and 3 kids, explaining how she found herself suddenly homeless on a Friday afternoon.
“I’ve got nowhere else to go,” she said, eyes cast downward in shame.
Now imagine that you are Tracy—charged with helping families who are homeless get back on their feet—knowing that Barrie does not have a single unit available for families in a crisis.
The County and The Salvation Army created a motel voucher program to fill the gap temporarily, but Tracy has seen the way that displacing families in trauma into one shared motel room—with nowhere to cook or eat meals, no place to do laundry or homework—complicates an already difficult situation. Without an address or telephone number to put on housing or job applications, it is nearly impossible to move forward.
This was the situation that compelled Tracy to reach out to Redwood Park Communities.
Now imagine your sister, daughter, or friend in Sophia’s shoes. What would you be willing to do to change their story?
The fundraising goal for the Hope Through Housing campaign is $3 million. So far, $2.4 million has been raised. Consider a gift that will keep giving for generations.