Since being established in 2001, Heartwood Place has become a significant member of our community from many points of view. We are committed to providing "safe, affordable and adequate housing" for people who desperately need "a place to call home" and through that we are committed to creating a strong sense of community within our buildings. This leads to a positive contribution to the surrounding neighbourhood and to our community in general. We have seen this happen at 19 Gaukel Street in downtown Kitchener and we are already seeing this begin with our new building at 26 Ainslie Street South in downtown Galt. Business owners and social service organizations have welcomed us and want to know how they can help. In return, we are assuring them that our building, the tenants and the Reporter Café will be a positive contribution to their community.
Community support means many things to Heartwood Place. It means having positive relationships with individuals who support our organization in many ways, including making donations, providing items for auctions at our special events, volunteering in a variety of ways and contributing furniture and household items which our tenants welcome!
Other aspects of community support are hosting special events which raise money for Heartwood Place, including "There’s No Place Like Home" at Sir John A. MacDonald Secondary School, the Waterloo 10KM Classic Road Race and concerts hosted by The First United Church. It also includes selling Chocolate Bricks made by Reid’s Candy and Nut Shop—a delectable way to raise funds. These are promoted in various locations, including the Concierge Desk at Coldwell Banker Peter Benninger Realty.
We have often heard the adage that "It takes a village to raise a child" and something similar can be said for Heartwood Place. "It takes a community to support our efforts to build and manage affordable housing." In return, this support helps us make a positive impact for everyone who lives in our community. There are many benefits to everyone involved!