Apple Valley Building 3 is underway

We are pleased to announce that Apple Valley Building 3 is now under construction. Thanks to BC Housing and the Province of BC for their support and financial contribution in moving this project forward. The goal was to pour concrete on April 3, 2017 and that milestone was met. This building will complete the Apple Valley complex by adding 47 new units of senior's housing. Scuka Construction is the contractor for the project. The plan is to complete in May 2018 with the first tenants to move in shortly after that. 

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Pleasantvale Wins 2 Tommies

The Society of Hope's Pleasantvale Project was honored last night by winning two Tommie Awards. These awards are shared with VanMar Constructors, BC Housing, The Rotary Club of Kelowna and the City of Kelowna. Together, we were awarded best Public Private Partnership and the second award was for Excellence in Creating Affordable Housing. For anyone who has seen this project it is not hard to see why it was recognized. This redevelopment created 50 new senior apartment units and 20 family town homes. The project has received great reviews from quality of construction, great location, sensitive design and a beautiful addition to the regeneration of the neighborhood. Congratulations to all those that help make this project possible. 

Jeff Marin of VanMar, Luke Stack, Anne Stack receiving the first award: Excellence in a Public Private partnership. The award was presented by Minister Steve Thomson; MLA for Okanagan Mission.  


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Apple Valley 3 coming

The Province of BC is pleased to announce that the National Society of Hope will receive $4.56 million to advance building 3 located at 2075 Benvoulin Court in Kelowna. Minister Steve Thomson and Minister Norm Letnick were on hand to make the announcement. "With hundreds of housing applicants already on file, we are very grateful that the Provincial Government is supporting the expansion of 47 more apartments at Apple Valley" said President Jeff Simla. Completion of building 3 is estimated to be spring of 2018. The Province is funding three other housing projects in Kelowna as well  - The Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society, Pathways Abilities Society and the City of Kelowna.  


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Apple Valley Building II Update

Apple Valley Building II at the end of October 2016:



Construction started in late summer 2015, but we are now on the home stretch! The project will be complete by late 2016. We are looking forward to welcoming our new residents to this site in January 2017. 

Apple Valley Building II will provide 78 new units of senior's rental housing. The building provides one bedroom units, two bedroom units and barrier free wheel chair units. Each person living in the new building will also become a member of the Ziglar Recreation and Senior Support Centre. This is located in building I. This centre will be the social and recreational hub of the site. There are well appointed meeting rooms, a common kitchen and the Apple Valley bowling lanes.

This project is a blended project. This means some units will be rented at Low end of market rates and some units will be rented at reduced rental rates. All units will qualify for the S.A.F.E.R. subsidy for seniors. This Provincial rental subsidy is available to all qualifying seniors. The amount of the subsidy depends on the income level of the applicant. For more information please go to the BC Housing web site.  

Anyone interested in applying for housing with the Society of Hope please download an application form from this web site. These completed application forms can be delivered to the Hope office at #101-2055 Benvoulin Court.

Office hours are Monday - Friday 9am to 1pm.  

Frequently Asked Questions

The Apple Valley Building II project is scheduled to complete in November 2016. As there have been many enquiries about this new project we provide a number of details here:

Independent living:

The Apple Valley site is designed for independent senior living. Each unit is equipped with its own kitchen. The Society does not provide meals or personal services to residents.  

Occupancy date? January 2017 - February 2017

How many units? 78 senior apartments. 

Senior housing unit types? 60 One bedroom units; 4 wheel chair modified units and 14 two bedroom and two bathroom units. 

Tenants: All new residents will be selected from applications received in the Hope office. It is anticipated that all units will be filled within a few months of start-up. 

Estimated Rents:  The project blends low end of market rents with reduced rents and S.A.F.E.R. subsidies are available for all qualified senior applicants - (Shelter Aid For Elderly Renters) 

For more information please go to the BC Housing website and look for S.A.F.E.R. information.

Senior one bedroom units $837 per month

Two Bedroom apartments $ 1,195 per month

What Size are the units? 

One Bedroom senior's unit approximately 576 square feet (60 units)

One bedroom wheel chair accessible unit approximately 645  square feet (4 units)

Two bedroom two bathroom units approximately 970 square feet (14 units) All two bedroom units will be rented at low end of market rental rates. 

What appliances are included? 

One bedroom units: All units come with a fridge and stove. All units are equipped with individual laundry hook-ups.  

One Bedroom wheel chair accessible units: Fridge, stove, wall oven, and dishwasher. All units are equipped with individual laundry hook-ups.

Two bedroom units: Fridge, stove, dishwasher. All units are equipped with individual laundry hook-ups.

Ziglar Recreation and Senior Support Center: All residents are required to take out a membership in the Ziglar Recreation Centre. This is $15.00 per month. 


Underground heated parking is available to those that want it. This will be charged at a monthly rate of $30 per month. 


Storage lockers will be available to those that want it at a cost of $10.00 per month. These wooden storage areas are in the parkade level and are approximately 6' X 4' in size. 

Construction? The Society of Hope is a growing non-profit society that believes in its Mission to expand quality affordable housing in the Central Okanagan.  Please note that this project is building two of a three phase project. There will be ongoing construction for many years forward on Benvoulin Court. Residents will be living near construction, dust and noise. The landscaping of building II will be completed in spring 2017.    

Meal services? 

There are no meal services at this complex. Each resident must make their own arrangements. 

Personal Care Services? 

There are no personal care services provided for on this site. Each resident must make their own arrangements. 

How do I apply? Note: No new applications being received until March 1, 2017

Partners: BC Housing- provided equity funding and project financing with support from the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.

The City of Kelowna has provided a Housing Grant to reduce the DCC charges on the project. The City also provides property tax relief in the first 10 years of operation. 

CMHC has provided PDF loan money and a grant to assist this project in its early development.

This project would not be possible without the support of these government agencies. 

Operator: Society of Hope

Contractor: Scuka Enterprises Ltd.

Architect: PMA Architecture; Novation Design; Sage Interior Design.

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Southern Interior Construction Association Honours Pleasantvale

The partners of "Pleasantvale" were honoured with an award of excellence from SICA on October 27th. This award noted that this was a perfect example of collaboration from different levels of government  and non-profit organisations. Thanks to Vanmar Constructors, the builder of the project for their fine work on this development.


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Aging seniors' housing complex redeveloped and expanded in Kelowna

The re-developed Pleasantvale seniors and affordable housing development at Central Avenue and Cambridge Avenue in Kelowna is now open. - contributed/Society of Hope

The re-developed Pleasantvale seniors and affordable housing development at Central Avenue and Cambridge Avenue in Kelowna is now open.
— Image Credit: Contributed/Society Of Hope

posted Jul 13, 2016 at 3:00 PM - Courtesy of Kelowna Capital News 

The provincial government says a number of families and seniors in Kelowna now have a new, safe place to call home with the opening of the redeveloped Pleasantvale housing complex in the north end of the city.

Pleasantvale, which was officially re-opened Wednesday with Premier Christy Clark on hand, features 50 affordable housing units for seniors and 20 affordable townhomes for families with low to moderate incomes, thus providing more people in the community with what was described as quality, affordable housing.

"For over 60 years, Pleasantvale has been a home for seniors, and now it will be that and more," said Clark, who represents part of the city as the MLA for Westside-Kelowna. "By providing affordable homes and a real community for seniors and families alike, Pleasantvale will change people's lives."

The local Society of Hope, a non-profit housing society, lead the development and will run the new Pleasantvale.

Located on the 600-block of Richter Street, the original Pleasantvale was the site of a 50-unit aging building for seniors,  a development built in the mid-1950s.  In 2013, its was selected for redevelopment.

After an extensive public consultation process led by B.C. Housing, Kelowna city council approved rezoning of the site, which resulted in the replacement of the original 50 units and the addition of the 20 new affordable-rental homes for families.

A three-government and non-profit group partnership, the project included funding of $5.6 million from Ottawa and Victoria towards the total cost, approximately $12.4 million in construction financing arranged by the province and land, originally donated by the Pleasantvale Homes Society and the City of Kelowna, valued at $2 million. The city also credited $154,070 in development cost charges to the project and granted another $273,171.

"The redevelopment of Pleasantvale is a strong addition to our community and improves the housing options for both seniors and families," said Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran. "Together with the federal and provincial governments, Pleasantvale Homes Society and Society of Hope we have achieved 70 new affordable rental units where aging housing once stood."

The rent for the one-bedroom units for seniors is $667 per month, while the family townhomes rent for between $990 for a two-bedroom and $1,100 per month for a three-bedroom unit.

Seniors also have a place to gather and connect with one another at an outdoor garden area and an amenity space that includes a kitchen.

"This investment is already making a real difference in our community and the lives of those who call Pleasantvale home," said Kelowna-Lake Country MP Stephen Fuhr on behalf of federal families, children and social development minister Jean-Yves Duclos, Duclos is also the federal and minister responsible for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, another partner in the development.

"Affordable housing projects such as this one are about helping families and seniors who need it most, investing in our future, and supporting the Canadian economy," added Fuhr.

Catherine Comben, chair woman of the Pleasantvale Homes Society  board said the layout of the buildings and the addition of 20 townhomes has maximized the potential for the site, which was exactly what her board wanted to see happen.

"We were so pleased to see our former residents have the opportunity to move into such bright, spacious and safe new homes in exactly their same north end surroundings."


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Adult Day Services Expanded in West Kelowna

Interior Health and the Society of Hope are pleased to partner once again to launch another Adult Day Program. The new location is Providence Vista on Gellatly Road in the City of West Kelowna. This 4 day per week program offers support and encouragement necessary to enable individuals attending to maintain their freedom and independence for as long as possible. This program also offers relief to those who are responsible caregivers. A day in the program could include Fitness, music therapy, trivia, carpet bowling, crafts and games. 


Director Sandi Tebo of the Society of Hope joins Julie Cox in cutting the cake to celebrate the grand opening on June 10, 2016.



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Pleasantvale Complete




May 2016 Update: The new project was completed and taken over in January 2016. Residents began moving in February 2016. The final new residents will be in their new home by June 1, 2016. Many of the apartment units were  assigned to current Pleasantvale tenants who were scheduled to relocate to their new homes in March 2016. The Society of Hope Board and staff wish to express our appreciation to VanMar Constructors for the great work they have done in bringing this project in on time and on budget. Together with BC Housing, The Rotary Club of Kelowna, and the City of Kelowna we have created a beautiful project that will provide 70 new homes to our community. Overall, this is the culmination of many years of hard work - but the final result is worth it. There is no date yet set for a grand opening but we hope this will come soon. 





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Northwood Knitting Team


The Society of Hope is blessed with the support of many volunteers. In November 2014 the Society received 164 hours of volunteer time to assist our full-time staff in delivering programs. This Christmas the Northwood Regency Resort knitting volunteers knitted lovely scarves, blankets and other items. They generously donated these beautiful items to the Society of Hope's Short Term Housing residents. It is through the kindness and caring of people like this that the Society can make a difference to its resident's lives. These gifts will be added to Christmas hampers bringing cheer to many. We express our thanks to the volunteers for their kindness and caring.   


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Pleasantvale Sod Turning on a sunny December day

L-r: Hope Executive Director Luke Stack, MLA Norm Letnick, Pleasantvale Homes President Catherine Comden, MP Ron Cannan, Premier Christy Clark, Mayor Colin Basran, Hope President Lorne Gerber, MLA Steve Thomson and MC Warren Postnikoff.  

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December 15th, 2014
KELOWNA – The governments of Canada and British Columbia, along with community partners, celebrated the official groundbreaking of the redevelopment of Pleasantvale today, which will provide 50 units of affordable seniors’ housing and 20 townhomes for families with low to moderate incomes in Kelowna. Construction of the new Pleasantvale, located on the 600 block of Richter St., is scheduled to be completed by spring 2016. Quick facts:


  • The Governments of Canada and B.C. will provide a combined investment of over $5.6 million towards the purchase of the 20 affordable rental townhomes for families with low to moderate income through the Federal-Provincial Housing Initiative  under the Canada-B.C. Agreement for Investment in Affordable Housing 2011-2014 that was recently extended until 2019. The purchase will take place upon building completion.
  • The B.C. government arranged approximately $12.4 million in construction financing for the project and provided the land, originally donated by Pleasantvale Homes Society and the City of Kelowna, valued at $2 million.
  • The City of Kelowna credited $154,070 in development cost charges and granted $273,171.
  • The Society of Hope will manage and operate the development.

Honourable Ron Cannan, Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country – 

“The rebuilding of Pleasantvale Homes is an exciting project where young families and seniors will form a close knit community, bringing each other a wealth of support and experience. I am very proud of our Government’s investment in our community and in improving the quality of life of our residents.” Premier Christy Clark, MLA for Westside-Kelowna – 

“For over two decades, the Society of Hope has been making a difference in people’s lives, and we’re pleased to partner with them on this project. The redevelopment of Pleasantvale will not only continue and preserve the legacy left by Pleasantvale Homes Society, but it also ensures 
residents will have increased access to new, affordable housing in Kelowna for years to come.” Mayor Colin Basran, City of Kelowna – 

“The city’s investment on this project will help enhance and increase the existing affordable housing options available in our city, making a real difference in the lives of all those who currently call and will call Pleasantvale home. We’d like to thank all of our partners for their support and dedication to providing for all those in need of affordable housing in this community.” Catherine Comben, chair, Pleasantvale Homes Society – 

"Pleasantvale Homes Society, a project of the Rotary Club of Kelowna since the early 1950's is proud to have contributed the land for the redevelopment of Pleasantvale. This will ensure that the needs of low income and disadvantaged seniors in our community will continue to be met for the upcoming decades through the auspices of the Society of Hope as they become the new operators of the redeveloped complex." Lorne Gerber, president, Society of Hope – 

“Our society is honoured to partner with all levels of government for the redevelopment of Pleasantvale. The society’s goal is to provide new, modern homes for families and seniors in need of affordable housing on this site and we look forward to the completion of this development to achieve this goal.
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