Chatham-Kent businesses and residents raise $107,992 to help local homeless population.
CHATHAM-KENT, ON – Just five weeks ago, local home builder Maple City Homes put out a challenge to the
Chatham-Kent community to raise $100,000 to help homelessness initiatives and organizations.
Ten months into the COVID-19 pandemic, homelessness has more than doubled in Chatham-Kent. This number is
expected to grow in 2021. The money raised through this fundraiser will go directly to support the various non-profit
groups that help to ease the burdens experienced by our homeless.
General Manager of Maple City Homes, Trevor Mailloux went on outreach with R.O.C.K. Missions in early December.
“It really was a huge eye-opener to see people out there who don’t have basic necessities like a roof over their head,
gloves, a hat – I had no idea it was this big of an issue,” explains Mailloux.
The Helping the Homeless Through the Holidays fundraiser ran throughout the month of December, and Mailloux
says that many corporate sponsors jumped at the challenge to collectively raise $100,000 by making donations.
“We’re so grateful for the significant support from Windmill Cabinet Shop, Clarke Construction Inc., The Lighting
Shoppe, Sacwal Flooring Centres, The Glasshouse Nursery & Garden Centre, Chatham-Kent Home Hardware Ltd.,
local Tim Horton’s restaurants, McLean’s Painting Inc., QPS Heating & Cooling, Absolute Comfort Heating & Cooling,
Polar Asset Management, and for all who stepped up to the challenge to help fight homelessness. It was amazing
seeing everyone come together for a common goal,” says Mailloux.
In 2019, Maple City Homes raised $18,000 internally. This year, they have decided to turn outward and rally the
Maple City Homes President and United Way Board Member Robb Nelson says, “While Maple City Homes has been
relatively unaffected by the pandemic, our team, subtrades, and suppliers are mindful that this isn’t the case for
many others in the community. As a new home builder experiencing significant growth, we feel a responsibility in
supporting our vulnerable and homeless population.”
Maple City Homes’ tremendous successful fundraiser is another example of community supporting community.
Maple City Homes Ltd.
Maple City Homes Ltd.