Home builder's fundraiser exceeds $100,000

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After a challenge from a local home builder, Chatham-Kent businesses and residents raised $107,992 to help the region’s homeless population.

Last month, Maple City Homes urged the community to come together and raise $100,000 to help various initiatives and organizations.

Trevor Mailloux, the company’s general manager, went on an outreach visit 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,” he said in a release.

The money raised will directly support the non-profit groups that help ease the burdens experienced by the homeless.

Stretching back to last spring during the pandemic, homelessness has more than doubled in Chatham-Kent, the release stated, and this figure is expected to grow this year.

Support came from many businesses, including Windmill Cabinet Shop, Clarke Construction Inc., The Lighting Shoppe, Sacwal Flooring Centres, Glasshouse Nursery & Garden Centre, Chatham-Kent Home Hardware Ltd., local Tim Hortons restaurants, McLean’s Painting Inc., QPS Heating & Cooling, Absolute Comfort Heating & Cooling, and Polar Asset Management.

In 2019, Maple City Homes raised $18,000 internally.

Robb Nelson, Maple City Homes president and United Way board member, said “while Maple City Homes has been relatively unaffected by the pandemic, our team, sub-trades, 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.”

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