In the Community
Supporting Youth in Our Community
We, at Preferred Towing, believe that we have a social responsibility to support our community, in particular, the youth in our community in need of safe, affordable housing. We have purchased the building above to create supportive housing for homeless youth in our community.
It has been a journey to renovate this old day care but now it is completed and holds 7 self-contained apartment units – 3 of which are one bedroom units and 4 of which are two bedroom units. The complex can house up to 11 youth between the ages of 16-24 who are experiencing homelessness. Currently we have 9 youth including two single mothers with toddlers living in the building.
These youth will live independently with support from a housing support worker who will assist them in navigating daily living.
Each of the doors in the building are unique. They all have a different motivational saying and artwork, positive messages that greet the youth each and every day.
We would like to thank the sponsors of each of the apartment units:
Pembina, 100 Women Who Care, Borthwick Enterprises, The BCJ Family, Teletech and Dowler-Karn (laundry room).
We have been blessed with lots of community support and are grateful to all those who donate their time, money and in-kind items (such as food, grocery gift cards, homemade cooking, quilts and blankets) to support the youth at Ohana Landing.
Ohana Landing, the new name of our building, was created by a youth in our community. Sky chose Ohana, a Hawaiian term meaning family and we added Landing, a place of transition from where you are coming from, to where you are going.
This is what we wanted to create, a place to build connection and family, a safe place to learn and grow; a place to call their own and a hand up, not a hand out.