34, 36, 46, 48 Pond View Dr.
4-bedroom duplex, 4pc bathroom, 2pc bathroom, natural gas heat, A/C – no
No smoking, two-car driveway, one-car garage, fenced backyard, no carpet, appliances included (fridge, stove, washer, dryer)
No Vacancies Currently
Tenants are responsible for all utilities, water, and sewer. Accounts with Union Gas, Waterloo North Hydro, and the Township of Wellesley must be in the tenant’s name. Deposits may be required for new accounts. Yard maintenance is the responsibility of the tenant. Tenants are responsible for their own content insurance.
Large rural families are living in buildings that would be condemned if a building inspector made a visit.
This was Shirley Redekop’s urgent message to the MennoHomes’ annual meeting in November, 2007. Shirley, a Rural Outreach Worker, was well qualified to make such a strong statement. On her caseload were mainly large Low German families many living in sub-standard housing conditions.
Two years later a seven-year-old girl responded to her Wellesley public school teacher’s question: “What do you like best about your new home?” Her immediate answer was: “I like that it is warm.”
With input from Shirley and five other advocates during the summer of 2008, MennoHomes was encouraged to apply for governmental funding to assist in building eight dwelling units for large rural families. A year later, in June 2009, MennoHomes received funding to help build two Wellesley semis (four units) in the Pond View subdivision. Work began in August, accelerated by a barn-raising blitz during the September long weekend by Old Colony Mennonite Church volunteers. It was a service project by 30 men from their Virgil, Aylmer, Crosshill and Drayton churches.
Contributing further to making this a special experience were the donors of building and landscaping materials as well as significant discounts from some of the trades. Many volunteers also provided hands-on assistance during the construction period.
By January 2010 four families had settled into their new four-bedroom homes. One of the mothers shared with MennoHomes that the day after her family had moved in all members reported a great boost to their morale. “We all feel better physically and emotionally,” she reported. “We are so grateful to be living here.”
Footnote 1: The six advocates who were instrumental in producing the information that demonstrated the level of need all interacted daily with Low German families. MennoHomes would like to acknowledge the great value of the services of:
- Lily Hiebert Rempel, MCC Ontario Low German Co-ordinator
- Shirley Redekop and Sue Martin, Rural Outreach Workers under the auspices of Mosaic Counseling and Family Services
- Brenda Gingerich and Esther Janzen, Family Support Workers and interpreters with the St. Jacobs Family Support Centre for Low German Families
- Peggy Snyder, nurse-practitioner, based in Linwood and Wellesley, under the Woolwich Community Health Centre
Footnote 2: Among the many rich blessings experienced by MennoHomes in the Wellesley project was the willingness of Murray Leis to serve as Project Manager in lieu of a general contractor.
Under Murray’s excellent leadership, involving the co-ordination of trades and volunteers, the project finished on time and virtually on budget. Assisted by his wife, Marilyn, they are the owners of Murray Leis Construction and members of Crosshill Mennonite Church. Murray was also is a Director on the Board of MennoHomes at the time of construction.