Wholesaler, manufacturers team up to support Toronto transitional housing program

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For 27 years, 9 Huntley St., Toronto, Ont., was the home of the Casey House – a 12-bed AIDs hospice. It was even visited by Diana, Princess of Wales, back in 1997.

The Huntley Transitional Housing Program provides support for people living with HIV/AIDS who are currently within, or entering, the City of Toronto’s emergency shelter system. Located on Huntley St. in Toronto, the program welcomed its first clients in August.

An important part of the program includes donations from industry companies. Noble Corp., Concord, Ont., sponsored a third of all in-kind building product donations for the project, including plumbing fixtures, heating and cooling equipment.

The 20-bed facility provides housing, clinical care, and case management support.

“Noble has always been committed to supporting community initiatives in the areas where we do business” said Jim Anderson, Noble general manager. “We are extremely proud to be associated with this worthy cause. It all started with a conversation between project contractors and Stephen Willmets, our downtown Toronto branch manager. Recognizing the scope and importance of this project, we partnered with some of our manufacturers – American Standard, Fujitsu and Rheem – to increase product donations and overall level of sponsorship.”

The Fife House Foundation’s Capital Campaign for the project raised more than $1.8 million in private and public contributions and an additional $250,000 of in-kind donations. An opening ceremony was held Nov. 4.

 

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