Community party raising funds for much-needed housing in Barrie

Tickets are now available for Redwood Park Communities’ HomeComing event, a community party and pig roast at Heritage Estates Winery and Cidery on Oct. 20. The event will raise money in support of the Hope Through Housing campaign, a partnership with Salvation Army, to build a two-storey building with 12 fully-furnished, two-bedroom apartments for families in crisis.

“We believe the opposite of homelessness is not just housing, it’s community,” says Tim Kent, Redwood Park Communities founder and executive officer. “HomeComing is one way we can bring community together and showcase the power we have collectively to make a difference. I know a lot of people are frustrated by the affordable housing situation here in Barrie. This is a chance to turn that frustration into action. I want people to know there’s hope. You can help provide much-needed housing.”

HomeComing tickets are $60 and includes performances by Wilkes and Dani Strong, dinner and one drink. Additional drink tickets can be purchased at the event. Tickets are available at canadahelps.org.

Redwood Park Communities is also seeking corporate sponsors to help offset the cost of the event so more money can go to the cause. Local businesses that are interested in learning more about sponsorship can contact Redwood Park Communities directly.

“So much of what we’ve been able to accomplish over the years has been thanks to our corporate sponsors and partners from within the construction industry and beyond, as well as the local media,” said Kent. “They recognize that solutions to complex social issues require the involvement of all of us and do their part to help. It’s inspiring.”

Redwood Park Communities has received recent attention for its role in the Barr’s Motel conversion, underway on Essa Rd. in Barrie. The $2.5 million project will create furnished bachelor apartments for individuals experiencing chronic homelessness and will provide the supports to keep them housed successfully.

“You don’t need me to quote stats about our local housing and homelessness crisis, you just need to walk down Barrie streets near the downtown and you’ll see it yourself,” said Kent. “These are people. They need our help. We are answering the call and continue to invite the community to join us.”

Redwood Park Communities is a charity helping build safe, hopeful and affordable communities that support families and individuals in Simcoe County. Visit redwoodparkcommunities.com for more information.

Photo: Redwood Park Communities, in partnership with Salvation Army, is building a two-storey building with 12 fully-furnished, two-bedroom apartments for families in crisis.

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