At MennoHomes, our first priority is the health and safety of our tenants, volunteers, staff, and the broader community.
For our tenants, we have undertaken enhanced cleaning and disinfection of our apartment buildings, especially high-risk areas such as lobbies, door handles, elevators, etc. We have also canceled events in the community rooms used by tenants. Social distancing is the new catchphrase but for many of our tenants, social isolation is also a concern. Our Community Support Worker has increased her regular contact with tenants by phone or email to simply “check-in” and see if there are additional supports they need.
Our office at 50 Kent is now closed to the public. Where possible our staff continues to perform their work remotely. Likewise, our volunteer committees are still meeting, making use of email, video and teleconferencing.
When this crisis hit we were in the midst of preparing the site for demolition. On March 18th, the City of Kitchener announced that in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all non-critical facilities, including the Building Division, were closed. Our team of architects, engineers, and contractors have for the most part transitioned to working remotely and continue to move forward with the final design and preparing for construction. When work restrictions were lifted in early May, we were ready to get back to work. Demolition and site cleanup was completed in mid-May and new construction is set to begin by the end of May.
Our capital fundraising efforts have also taken a pause. This is important work but immediately after the emergency restrictions were put into place was not the right time to be trying to meet with donors. We were still available to connect with by phone, email, and video conference.
While limits on physical distancing mean personal meetings are not yet taking place, with the onset of construction there is renewed interest in the project. If you are interested in learning more about our new project at 544 Bridgeport Road East in Kitchener, we invite you to explore our A Place to Call Home campaign page or contact us directly at email@example.com.
To donors who have already committed to generously supporting this critical project, thank you for making the creation of new affordable housing a philanthropic priority. We are deeply grateful.
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