Habitat for Humanity building two new homes on Forbes Street
Canada Life Build and Community Build

May 1, 2019 – London, ON - Habitat for Humanity Heartland Ontario is excited to have the support of the new Canada Life - previously known as London Life - as well as local community groups and corporations as they build homes for Lindsie’s family and Jennifer’s family as they break ground at 32 and 34 Forbes Street on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 11:00AM.
We are eager to begin the construction of two new homes on Forbes Street in the growing Manor Park community and cannot thank the community and Canada Life enough for their support of this project”, said Brian Elliot CEO, Habitat for Humanity Heartland Ontario. “Linsdie’s home is our 2019 Community Build and will be constructed by corporate-sponsored volunteers from the community over the next few months. Next door, The Canada Life Build will rely on the donation of funds and teams of volunteers from Canada Life.”

Lindsie is a single mother taking care of her 15-year-old daughter Mariah, 11-year-old daughter Leah and one-year-old son Noah, while trying to save for the future. They currently live in a three-bedroom basement apartment, with Noah sharing a room with his mother. This close loving family enjoys spending time together and Lindsie prides herself on creating a very warm and welcoming home environment in the small space that they share.

Lindsie is a Personal Support Worker at the hospital, working shifts to support the family. She says, “This opportunity means a new beginning and prosperous future for my family.”

Jennifer is grateful for support from Canada Life for the construction of her home. 

“I have been a single mother of this loving little brood *forever*," says Jennifer . Ilja has been an artist since she was a very little girl and will continue to pursue her passion in post-secondary studies. Mateus also has an eye for the arts and is pursuing studies in Photography. I am very proud"

Jennifer has worked as a counsellor and advocate in the violence against women sector for many years and is very passionate about her work. 

Currently her rent and living expenses take up most of her income and emergencies are going on a credit card she works to pay down throughout the year. There is no wiggle room, even though she is a great with a budget. Things are very tight and at times stressful. 

She goes on to say, "This opportunity means the world to me. It represents future security for my family. It means peace of mind knowing that I can meet their needs, and a joyful feeling of building for our future. We are so grateful and excited to begin this next chapter.”

Anyone interested in supporting the Community Build should contact Allison Kampman at (519) 455-6623 ext. 229 akampman@habitat4home.ca .
The public are invited to come out and celebrate with us on May 9.

Who: Habitat for Humanity Heartland Ontario
What: Groundbreaking Ceremony - 32 and 34 Forbes Street, London
When: May 9, 2019 - 11:00am
Contact: Habitat Heartland – Bethany McLachlin, Family Services and Marketing Coordinator, marketing@habitat4home.ca 519 455 6623 # 214

About Habitat for Humanity Heartland Ontario

Habitat for Humanity believes that every man, woman and child has the right to the confidence, security and hope that a home provides. Affordable housing is key to building strong, equitable and thriving communities. By mobilizing volunteers and community partners, we can build affordable housing and promote homeownership. 
Ilja and Mateus with mom, Jennifer - Canada Life Build
Leah, Noah, Lindsie, and Mariah - Community Build 2019