Near the end of 2020, Veterans' House: the Andy Carswell Building received two important special gifts/grants through the United Church of Canada:
- a $100,000 gift from an anonymous family foundation
- a $50,000 Seeds of Hope grant (Ina Grafton Gage Trust Fund) through the United Church of Canada Foundation. Read below to learn more about Seeds of Hope:
Veterans' House receives $50,000 seeds of hope grant
Multifaith Housing Initiative (MHI) was delighted to receive a grant of $50,000 through the Ina Grafton Gage Trust Fund, a part of the United Church of Canada Foundation’s Seeds of Hope granting program. The funds were directed towards the capital campaign for Veterans' House: the Andy Carswell Building, a 40-unit facility in Ottawa, Canada for veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The Andy Carswell Building includes on-site supports for veterans including health, mental health and addiction services. There's also a dog park for training service dogs and plenty of communal space to allow for interaction between the resident veterans. Veterans' House: the Andy Carswell Building is a pilot project that MHI plans to replicate in multiple Canadian cities to help bring an end to veterans' homelessness. The Andy Carswell Building opened in early 2021.
Doubling the donation: Because the Seeds of Hope grant was awarded during December 2020, the Seeds of Hope contribution qualified under the Commissionaires Ottawa matching program for Veterans' House (#WeSaluteYourService Campaign). As a result, the $50,000 Seeds of Hope grant resulted in a value of $100,000 provided to the Andy Carswell Building! A big thank you to both Commissionaires Ottawa and Seeds of Hope Foundation/Ina Grafton Gage Trust Fund.
About Seeds of Hope: The Seeds of Hope granting program supports innovative, unique, and much-needed
projects which enable congregations and other United
Church-affiliated individuals and organizations to live out the New Creed’s call to seek justice, live with respect in creation and love and serve others. For more information, please visit unitedchurchfoundation.ca.