June 29, 2012, Vancouver – Today Streetohome Foundation is pleased to announce a $200,000 contribution from the Carraresi Foundation in memory of Augusto Carraresi, to help break the cycle of homelessness in Vancouver. This generous donation will be allocated to the renovation of Taylor Manor, located at Boundary and Adanac, and the addition of a three-storey annex to the site. The renewal of this heritage building is also supported through a partnership with the City of Vancouver, and will provide 56 supported housing units and facilities for homeless individuals with mental illness and addictions.
“Mental illness is an issue that affects a very large percentage of the homeless population,” said Penny Nardelli of the Carraresi Foundation . “The Carraresi Foundation has chosen to support this project to help people receive the support they need in order to cope with their challenges and live to their full potential.”
Streetohome Foundation is committed to working with non-profit, business, community, and government partners to find new approaches to preventing and alleviating homelessness in Vancouver.
“Streetohome is dedicated to building capacity within the housing continuum for homeless individuals living with mental illness and addictions,” said Dick Vollet, President of Streetohome Foundation. “Taylor Manor will provide the types of programs and support that people who are at great risk of chronic homelessness need in order to maintain their housing and establish stability in their lives.”
Taylor Manor will be operated by The Kettle Friendship Society, a well-respected and experienced service provider working with people with mental health challenges since 1976. They will offer residents an opportunity to live independently with a tenant-centred philosophy of creating individualized goals, support and services. The Kettle also honours their tenants’ social, spiritual and personal growth. The program allows residents to build life skills such as shopping, cooking, and cleaning, and encourages group activities including gardening, swimming, art, and music through their Enhanced Model programming.
About the Carraresi Foundation:
The Carraresi Foundation was established in Vancouver in 1979 to provide support to a variety of community organizations, which benefit and improve the lives of individuals living in Vancouver.
About Streetohome Foundation:
Streetohome is dedicated to ensuring that residents of Vancouver have access to safe, decent, affordable housing and the support they need to make a difference in their lives. Streetohome is the first organization in Vancouver to take a systematic approach to addressing both homelessness and its root causes. Learn more at www.streetohome.org.
About The Kettle Friendship Society:
The Kettle supports over 3,600 individuals in Metro Vancouver living with mental illness to lead healthier lives by providing housing, employment, advocacy and support services. For more information, please visit www.thekettle.ca/.