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) is happy to announce that we have received 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 will go to 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 will include on-site supports for veterans including health, mental health and addiction services. There will also be 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 February 2021, with more veterans gradually moving in throughout the coming months.
Doubling the donation: From November 3 - December 31, 2020, Commissionaires Ottawa agreed to match all donations to the Andy Carswell Building (up to $150,000). Because the Seeds of Hope grant was awarded during December, the Seeds of Hope contribution qualified under the Commissionaires matching program. 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.