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Jul
16

21 Family Townhomes Coming This Fall to Glenmore

The Society of Hope, in partnership with the City of Kelowna and BC Housing, is pleased to announce that 21 new family town homes, located at
165 Celano Crescent in Glenmore, will be available late this fall. There are 16 three bedroom units and 5 two bedroom units. These well located units
come with modern features including a dishwasher, space for a washer/dryer and a garage.

To qualify for this housing:

  • Applicants must be families with dependent children
  • Applicants must have a low to moderate income of $1400 per month and up
  • Ideally Applicants will qualify for the Rental Assistance Program (RAP.) The Rental Assistance Program provides eligible low-income working families with cash assistance to help with their monthly rent payments.
  • Family configuration must be suitable for 2 & 3 bedroom units.

Placement selection will take place in September and October. Target occupancy will be no later than December 1, 2019. (This to be formally approved by September 15 th , 2019)  Please see the "Apply for housing" tab on the Society of Hope web site.

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Jun
26

Sliding On Into Summer!

Kids just want to have fun and Society of Hope's three new playgrounds are providing just that!  It sure has been a fun spring for the children at our two Short Term locations.  With the permanent structures in place, everyone is out enjoying these spaces to the fullest – a great way for the kids to connect in a safe environment.

Volunteers from Black and McDonald assembled one unit in record breaking time with skill and efficiency.  (All in one long morning in June, in fact!)   And the 2 Rons & Frank team assembled the other location with heart and passion.  These valued volunteers understand that the little ones will benefit greatly from their efforts.  Thank you to all!

With this year seeing many updates at Providence Court, it seemed fitting to add a magnificent SwingTime Distributors structure that will stand the test of time. A big shout out to the maintenance department for their support in bringing this to completion.  And thank you for the many donations that help make these playgrounds possible.

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May
01

Spring Into Action!

As well as building new homes for future residents, the Society of Hope staff keep very busy maintaining the many housing units we already manage. It takes a tremendous amount of effort to maintain the 'quality' in "providing quality, affordable housing."

Here we see two members of our maintenance team working on one of Hope's properties. This year, we are replacing some property signage, as well as working on replacing some exterior stairs. Providence Court received a new playground, and is scheduled to get some new siding in 2019. A kid's grassed-in play area will be added to the Pleasantvale Family Site. We are updating the landscaping both at Providence Vista on the West side, and Providence Court in Glenmore. The Society will be replacing all the sliding patio doors in Cedar and Birch Manor. These are just a few of our bigger projects!

Continual patching, painting, snow shoveling, renovating and cutting the grass or pruning – a great variety of jobs all intended to keep our buildings and grounds in tip top shape.

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Mar
29

Federal Funding Announcement

On Wednesday, March 27, 2019. The Government of Canada's commitment to seniors was addressed by The Honourable Carla Qualtrough.

Ms. Qualtrough is the Minister of Public Service and Procurement and Accessibility, and Member of Parliament for Delta.  She was joined by Mr. Stephen Fuhr, Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country. Together they spoke into the proposed 2019 Federal budget, as well as a National Dementia Strategy for Seniors.

Vi Sorenson, Executive Director of Seniors Outreach and Resource Centre hosted this event at The Society of Hope's Apple Valley Location, in the Ziglar Recreation Centre for Seniors.

For further information regarding this commitment and investment into Seniors, go to https://www.budget.gc.ca/2019/docs/themes/seniors-aines-en.html

Some factors addressed in this article, that may be of interest to our seniors, are:

  • Raising CPP (Canada Pension Plan) benefits
  • OAS (Old Age Security)
  • GIS (Guaranteed Income Supplement) and the GIS Earnings Exemption
  • Allowances and Survival Allowances
  • Seniors having a Secure and Dignified Retirement
  • Seniors receiving the benefits they are entitled to
  • Economic security for low income seniors
  • Isolation, Community participation and Quality of life
  • Having a Minister of Seniors
  • The 10 year National Housing Strategy
  • Home and Palliative care
  • Enabling Accessibility Fund – making community spaces accessible
  • EI Caregiving benefits
  • Protecting workplace pensions.


Bottom Line: Let's make retirement easier for seniors!


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Feb
27

Canadian Military Employer Supports Award!

The Society of Hope recently received a Provincial CFLS (Canadian Forces Liaison Council) Employer Supports Award.  This award is presented every two years, and every Canadian employer is eligible. The award gives Reservists an opportunity to thank and recognise their employers.  As it says in their 'Pacific Connector' Newsletter, "The rewards are intended to recognise the generosity of employers and educators who give the reservists the support and time required for military training and/or deployment."

It was announced on Feb 6, 2019 that the Society of Hope won the "Best Practices in Employer Support – Small Organization" award.  The Headquarters of the 39th Canadian Brigade Group is the location where the official awards ceremony will be held on February 26th.  We are honored to sit as winners among so many larger and well known Employers in BC, such as Correctional Services Canada, Costco, and CP Rail.

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Jan
23

Board Bingo Bowling!

What to do on a cold, snowy January evening?  Why, go bowling, of course!  Here we see the Society of Hope staff enjoying an invite from the Board of Directors to go Bowling.  Did you know that within the Ziglar Recreation Centre, Apple Valley Senior's site houses a 6 lane, 5 pin bowling alley?  Our Resource Coordinator organized 'Bingo Bowling', a fast paced, all participation, wild and silly bowling game.  Each team takes a lane and gets a bingo card with 25 squares.  Squares may say things like "Strike, spare, head pin only, gutter ball, 10 points, 7 points", etc.  Just pick up a ball and start bowling!  First team to fill every square on their card wins!  BINGO!

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Dec
24

There's no place like Home for the holidays!

Christmas Festivities!

It has been a busy and festive season for the Society of Hope.  A great number of our tenants participated in one of our many Christmassy events.  Cedar Court enjoyed seasonal foods at the end of November, followed by Apple Valley's Christmas Mingle on Dec 6th, complete with entertainment and a photo-booth!   A gingerbread house making party was held for the children at our Short Term sites, and goodies were dropped off for our Franklyn Rd. residents.   Woodsdale Place residents in Lake Country were the recipients of some gift baskets, and Providence Meadows enjoyed a party with games and treats.  Pleasantvale enjoyed a banquet style celebration on Dec 13th, and this was closely followed by a holiday meal at our Gordon Drive location on the 20th.   It was wonderful to have so many of our staff and tenants participate.  We greatly appreciate all of the generous donations and helping hands that made these events possible. 

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Nov
21

Apple Valley Buildings 2 & 3 Grand Opening

Apple Valley 3 Grand Opening

The Society of Hope's 22-year vision of bringing affordable senior's housing to Kelowna has been realized.

To much fanfare, the ribbon was cut on the third phase of Apple Valley, a senior's complex on Benvoulin Court, Thursday morning.

The 47-unit building brings to 199 the number of affordable senior's units in the development.

Society executive director Luke Stack says the vision began with the donation of land in the Landmark Centre area in the late 1990s. The society sold that land, and used the proceeds to purchase what was at the time the Pettit family farm, where Apple Valley now sits.

"It took many, many years to find this site, get it out of the ALR, rezone it, get the roads built. That added quite a few years to the project," said Stack. "But, it turned out to be a great decision because it's so well located now. It's perfect."

Stack says the society is still trying to determine what to do with an additional two acres at the back of the complex.

It's also constructing 21 family townhomes in Glenmore. In all, Stack says the vision is to build another 150 units of affordable housing in Kelowna over the next five years.

Geraldine Barsetti is one of the residents who moved into Apple Valley 3 in October. She said she feels at home, and very safe, and has had no trouble meeting people and making friends.

Total cost of the entire development came in at $38 million, with $15 million of that coming from all three levels of government.


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Oct
10

Providence Boulevard

The Society of Hope, true to its Mission Statement of "Providing Quality Affordable Housing" is at it again. The Board of Directors wanted to see some new family town homes constructed in the next year. Consequently, the Society was able to bring a partnership together to do just that.  BC Housing, the City of Kelowna, Vanmar Constructors and Society of Hope are building 21 new family town homes in the Glenmore Valley. The plan is to bring 16 three bedrooms to market and 5 two bedroom units to market in the autumn of 2019. There is a lot of work yet to do, but this is another step forward. The Society expresses its appreciation to all its partners that work together to bring this needed resource to Kelowna.

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Aug
01

August Update

We are pleased to report that our contractor is putting the finishing touches on Apple Valley Building 3. This picture shows the new gardens nearing completion. The garden features several sitting areas, raised community garden beds and a water feature celebrating the original "water flumes" that were used to irrigate the Kelowna area from Mission Creek. The garden is designed to be a quiet area amidst the busy daily activity at Apple Valley.

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Apr
11

April Update

Apple Valley building 3 has now been under construction for one year. The building is looking great on the exterior. The siding should be complete by the end of April. There still remains much finishing to do inside the building. The building should be complete by July 31, 2018 with occupancy beginning in late summer.

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Feb
05

February News!

The Society of Hope was very pleased to welcome the Honorable Selina Robinson, Minister for Municipal Affairs and Housing to the Apple Valley site on February 2. The minister toured the buildings and then met with many residents and volunteers for a light lunch. The Minister was seeking input from the residents as to what they felt “worked” in this housing model. We were very encouraged and impressed to see how well the Minister engaged with the residents and listened to their comments and recommendations. (Minister Robinson is wearing a blue jacket in the picture above)

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Jan
17

January News Update

Apple Valley Building 3 is taking shape. In January the roof was completed and the windows were installed. The Society anticipates occupancy in the summer of 2018. The Society is currently taking applications for the new building. Apple Valley Building 3 will add 47 new apartment units completing the Apple Valley senior’s housing site.

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Nov
16

November at the Apple Valley Site

Apple Valley Building 3 continues to make progress. In November the wood construction of the building has reached the 5th floor. There has been significant progress on the second half of the Pettit Garden. The Contractor is working hard to get the roof on the building before the snow arrives. The building is scheduled to complete in 2018 with anticipated occupancy in the summer of 2018. The Society is currently taking applications for the new building. Apple Valley Building 3 will add 47 new apartment units completing the Apple Valley senior’s housing site.

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Oct
05

Apple Valley October Update

Apple Valley Building 3 continues to make progress. In October the wood construction of the building is seen to be well underway. The second half of the Pettit Garden is under construction as well. The Contractor is working hard to get the roof on the building before winter arrives. The building is scheduled to complete in 2018 with anticipated occupancy in the summer of 2018. The Society is currently taking applications for the new building. Apple Valley Building 3 will add 47 new apartment units to the Apple Valley site.

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Aug
25

Apple Valley Building 3 Milestone

Apple Valley building 3 reached a significant milestone in late August. 700 cubic meters of concrete was placed in a single day preparing the way for the building to begin. The exterior of the building will take shape over the next few months as the wood structure is constructed. The building, with its 47 apartment units, is projected for occupancy in the summer of 2018.

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Jul
26

It's July and the Pettit Garden is Growing!

The tenants of Apple Valley are enjoying their community garden. 

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Apr
04

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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Jan
29

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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Nov
17

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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Oct
30

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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Dec
23

Northwood Knitting Team

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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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Oct
24

Community Impact Award - Society of Hope

The Business Excellence Awards have been celebrating outstanding success in Kelowna for the past 25 years. They are presented by the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce.

Each year, nominations are received for the business and individual awards. The nominees fill in a detailed nomination form that is then reviewed by an impressive group of judges.  The group of finalists are selected based on the information contained in the nomination package.  The finalists are then visited in person by the judges in September.  The finalists are profiled during the Business Excellence Awards ceremony during Small Business Week in October and the recipients are announced that evening.

The Society of Hope was honored to receive this award on October 23, 2013. The finalists were all very deserving organizations - Accelerate Okanagan, United Way of the Central Okanagan and Metro Community. Ken Zeitner represented the Society of Hope with a moving acceptance speech.
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27

New affordable housing complex ideal layout for seniors

new-housing-cap-newsBy Sharen Marteny - Kelowna Capital News

Published: January 14, 2011 11:00 PM

I had the recent privilege to tour the Society of Hope’s Apple Valley Senior’s Housing at Orchard Park complex, 2055 Benvoulin Crt.

It is an affordable rental housing complex for seniors 55 and older. The first residents will move in on Feb. 1.

This housing project is a 15-year dream come to fruition for Luke Stack, the society’s executive director. To qualify to live in Apple Valley Housing, the gross family income must not be more than $3,200 per month.

There are a total of 72 one- and two-bedroom suites. Four of the suites are modified for wheelchairs. One-bedroom suites rent for $760 per month while two-bedroom suites rent for $960.

The building and suites were professionally designed. The attention to details and finishes is exceptional while still maintaining an affordable rent.

The wheelchair modifications meet the real needs of anyone in a wheelchair.

Besides the usual adjustments in heights of counters and shelves they include a dishwasher that pulls out and loads from above and a fridge with the freezer at the bottom. The bathroom roll-in shower is fabulous with a pull down seat and two showerheads.

Even the colours on the outside of the building were taken into consideration. The use of red and white celebrates the colour of a red Okanagan apple.

The complex is in a perfect location with a major transit hub at Orchard Park. Owning a car is not a necessity as transit is close by.

There is a location in the underground parkade for electric scooters that can be charged while not in use. There is also space for bicycles.

Plans are in place to add community garden plots in the spring.

On the main floor is the Ziglar Recreation and Senior Support Centre. It includes a fireside lounge, a multi-use activity room, community kitchen and a six lane bowling alley.

All of this is available through a small membership fee for the residents and other seniors.

The Seniors Outreach Society and Interior Health will both be offering services from the building. Anyone who is fortunate enough to be living at Apple Valley will be proud to call it home.

If you want to move into this beautiful new building, go for a tour now. For a tour or for further information contact the Hope office at 250-862-8233 or go to www.societyofhope.org/apple-valley-seniors-housing.

Sharen Marteny is a services consultant for seniors in Kelowna.

250-212-1257

www.seniorsconsulting.net

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