Maple City Homes (MCH) has issued a $100,000 challenge to the community: Raise $75,000 to help the homeless and they’ll top it up to $100,000.
For every $3 raised, MCH will contribute $1, up to a maximum of $25,000.
“We’re challenging our tradespeople and suppliers to keep up with C-K – if the community raises $75,000 this holiday season, we’ll make it an even $100,000 with a $25,000 donation. We’re home builders, but we know there are a lot of people out there experiencing homelessness, and we want to help in any way we can,” Trevor Mailloux, General Manager of Maple City Homes Ltd., said in a media release.
Robb Nelson, President of Maple City Homes Ltd. and Director on the Board of United Way of Chatham-Kent added, “Significant changes and this most recent movement within our local United Way has put the focus back on relationships and the importance of coming together. Since its inception, Maple City Homes has brought together builders, investors, developers, local trades, and local suppliers and we’re building neighbourhoods. We’re challenging the community to come together to make sure no one is left behind this winter.”
While the Chatham-Kent community has shown many times that it can come together in big ways, United Way of Chatham-Kent CEO Steve Pratt said homelessness is an issue that is bigger than it may appear.
“Homelessness has always existed in Chatham-Kent, but it has grown significantly since March, and we need a lot of volunteers, resources, and help to make sure that no one is left behind. There are currently upwards of 200 individuals experiencing homelessness in our community,” he said. “We are supporting groups like R.O.C.K. Missions, The Sandwich Guys, and Chatham Hope Haven so that they can continue to do outreach and make connections with our friends on the streets.”
The goal of this challenge is to support those same groups and many more that provide services and resources to the homeless on a daily basis.
Anyone who is up for the challenge can visit www.maplecityhomes.ca.