The Brick to sponsor new Homes For Heroes village
EDMONTON, Alberta – The Brick has announced it will furnish the 20 units currently being built for homeless veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces at the new ATCO Veterans Village here, a housing initiative from the Homes For Heroes Foundation.
The village, located in this city’s Evansdale community, will consist of 20 tiny modular homes, a resource centre, counselors office, recreation space and gardens. Through its sponsorship as a community partner, The Brick is donating furniture, appliances and other necessary items to furnish the homes – each less than 300 square feet in size but fully equipped with the features of a larger home.
“As a proudly Canadian company – one with deep Edmonton roots – The Brick stands behind Canadian Armed Forces veterans,” Dave Freeman, divisional president of The Brick said in a statement. “These men and women have risked everything for Canadians, and we are grateful for their service. The Brick is honoured to support Homes For Heroes Foundation by providing furnishings and appliances to make these tiny houses homes, ultimately creating safe, comfortable spaces for our country’s heroes at a time when they need it most.”
According to the foundation, more than 5,000 veterans of the Canadian Forces are homeless. Its mission is to end this issue by providing unique, affordable housing and critical support services for these men and women. The organization endorses the concepts of “housing first” and “harm reduction,” providing wrap-around service delivery through a team-based and collaborative case management approach.
“Homes For Heroes Foundation feels very fortunate to have such a great community minded partner in The Brick,” foundation president and chief executive officer Dave Howard said. “They have shown great compassion and respect for those that have served and I believe this donation is an extension of that support. Homes For Heroes is proud to bring together all levels of government, the corporate community, and individuals in a common goal to give back to the men and women that served this great country. Edmonton is an amazing city and we are thrilled to have our second village being built here.”
The foundation built its first village in its hometown of Calgary, Alberta and according to its web site, a third is planned for Kingston, Ontario.
Howard said the village and each tiny home have been thoughtfully designed to make a positive contribution to the surrounding community, creating connection and a sense of pride and ownership among the residents. The Brick has donated items that will lend to this overall design, with functionality that will meet residents’ needs. The homes are currently under construction, with the village scheduled to open on October 1, 2021.
A wholly owned division of publicly held Leon’s Furniture Limited (LFL Group), the Brick is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary.
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