Finishing the Farmhouse!

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Dear Friends and Supporters of Glenora Farm;

It’s been a long road, but the end is in sight! Thanks to the generosity of our community partners, friends, and supporters, The Ita Wegman Association of BC for Curative Education and Social Therapy (Glenora Farm) has almost completed our new Farmhouse! In fact, our Companions (adults with developmental disabilities living on Glenora Farm) are hoping to move into this wonderful new residential facility within a few short weeks. We write today to ask for your support to help Glenora Farm cross the finish line on this critical housing project.

The Farmhouse project began in 2017 in order to provide additional accommodations for our Companions. An essential component of Glenora Farm’s wraparound supports is the provision of integrated family-style homes that nurture the physical, mental, social, and spiritual health of our Companions. As you can imagine, purpose-built facilities are essential for safe, inclusive, and empowering residential housing. The new Farmhouse will expand and improve our residential infrastructure by creating a new accessible home for five Companions with complex care needs.

As you may know, COVID-19 has created unprecedented challenges for the charitable / non-profit sector. Glenora Farm, like many organizations providing essential services to vulnerable populations, has been adversely impacted by the rising costs of operations during a pandemic (e.g. increased staff to oversee smaller groups, PPE purchases/modifications, additional cleaning expenses, etc.) coupled with a significant downturn in revenue (e.g. lost day program income during lockdown, cancelled fundraising events, decreased donations, and the closure of our Glenora Farm store).

Despite the many wonderful contributions that have brought the Farmhouse this far, the unforeseen financial pressures of the pandemic are challenging the completion of this important housing project.

A donation of any amount will make a difference. With your support, our Companions will move into their new homes before the arrival of our west coast winter. We need your help to travel this final mile.

We hope to see you at the finish line.

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