1010 Centre is “launch pad to a brighter future” for Kenny

Kenny has been sober for two years. Addiction and prison had been a big part of his life for decades but he was ready for a fresh start.

“I was sick and tired of being sick and tired,” he remembers. “The people I care about were fed up with me and I wanted them back in my life.”

Kenny faced three more years in prison if he didn’t find a home in the community – one that he could afford and also supported his recovery.

With the help of Calgary Drug Treatment Court, he found a home at The Mustard Seed’s 1010 Centre, a 224-unit apartment building for people who are homeless or have low income.

“The 1010 Centre is a godsend,” Kenny says. “It’s a sober building which is helpful. I’ve been able to get a job, volunteer, fix my credit, fix everything in my life.

“It’s the perfect launch pad to a brighter future.”

A home with a built-in support network

The 1010 Centre’s grand opening was celebrated in May 2015. Building community here helps to bring people back into a society they may have been isolated from.

  • Common rooms on each floor allow tenants to host dinners for their neighbours or watch a movie together.
  • There are also game nights, an art club and other activities.
  • Most importantly, each tenant has a support worker from The Mustard Seed to help them on their journey back into the community.

The 1010 Centre has a long wait list of people who can only afford very low rents. Through RESOLVE, The Mustard Seed will pay off the mortgage so it can lower rents and get more people off the street.

“A lot of the people who move in here need more than somewhere that offers affordable rent,” says Stephen Wile, Chief Executive Officer of The Mustard Seed. “They really needed to feel safe and supported.”

Fresh aspirations

Kenny is grateful for the support in his new home. “Knowing that there’s somebody there who cares and is willing to help, even if you don’t need it, goes a long way.”

Kenny has big dreams – to eventually buy his own place, travel and spend more time with his 10-year-old son. “How do you do any of that without a home? You can’t.”

Knowing that there’s somebody there who cares and is willing to help, even if you don’t need it, goes a long way.