What stands today as a vacant lot on Muskoka Beach Road is one step closer to becoming home to two Gravenhurst area families, thanks to a $70,000 donation pledge from Chamberlain Timber Mart and Home Building Centre Gravenhurst.
This pledge, together with the first community donation from the Rotary Club of Gravenhurst earlier this year, a recent donation from Residents Against Muskoka Poverty (RAMP), and aWe build strength, stability and self–reliance. funding commitment from the District Municipality of Muskoka, officially launches ‘Building Futures in Gravenhurst’, OGN’s next build project, scheduled to deliver two semi–detached, 869–square–foot, universally accessible homes on Muskoka Beach Road in 2023.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Chamberlain Timber Mart and Gravenhurst Home
Building Centre. Community involvement is critical to every Habitat home built.,” says OGN’s CEO, Kimberley Woodcock.
Site preparation is scheduled for April 2023, and ground–breaking is planned for June.
“We have served contractor trades in the Gravenhurst area for decades,” declares Rob
Glecoff, owner of Home Building Centre in Gravenhurst. “We know the importance of a safe
and affordable home and how badly affordable housing is needed in our town. We’re fully
committed to supporting this project, and we’re looking forward to being involved. For us,
this is about community.”
Doug Chamberlain, who co–owns Chamberlain Timber Mart with his brother Rick, echoes
Glecoff. “We have supported the local community in many ways for over 71 years. Given
our alignment with the work and values of Habitat for Humanity, we are proud to be one of
the first local businesses supporting families in need of a safe and affordable home.”
Barb McCabe, President of the Rotary Club of Gravenhurst adds “The Rotary Club of
Gravenhurst recognizes the need for affordable housing in Gravenhurst and is pleased to
support this project.” Barb Bridgman, Chairperson of RAMP, agrees. “RAMP is so proud to support this exciting, new Habitat for Humanity build in Gravenhurst.”
Gravenhurst mayor, Heidi Lorenz, joins the declarations of support. “We are pleased that
Habitat has chosen Gravenhurst as the site for their next project. Our community continues
to show incredible support for Habitat’s projects and this one is no different. These builds
are amazing examples of how our businesses and community organizations come together
to support key initiatives. With the critical need for housing, the timing for this is perfect, and we look forward to more joint projects in Gravenhurst.” Says Bonnie Dart, Chairperson of Gravenhurst Against Poverty (G.A.P.), “This is truly a wonderful opportunity for eligible families to be a part of building their own home.
The families are empowered through financial education workshops and can pay off their
mortgages with monthly payments that are adjusted to what they can reasonably manage.
G.A.P. congratulates Habitat for making the dream of affordable home ownership come true
for two eligible Gravenhurst families.”
Businesses and individuals interested
in contributing to Building Futures in Gravenhurst should contact