Stepping Stone Manor a real home for 30

RESOLVE, the Calgary Homeless Foundation (CHF) and Cedarglen Living celebrated the kickoff of a new affordable housing project on April 28, 2014.

Stepping Stone Manor is a 30-unit assisted-living apartment building for adults who are experiencing homelessness. The $4.65 million project is being funded by provincial government grants and built by Cedarglen Living as part of a “Visionary” gift to the RESOLVE Campaign.

The name Stepping Stone Manor has a double meaning, says Scott Haggins, CEO of Cedarglen Living. Not only is it a stepping stone to a better life for the tenants who will live there, but it’s also a stepping stone for his own sons and the younger generation of business people in Calgary.

“When my sons, Cole and Ward, started running Cedarglen Living, we discussed that helping the community is the price to doing business,” Haggins says. “We are hoping the idea behind Stepping Stone Manor will really mushroom and other young business leaders will do things like this and make a difference in our city.”

Stepping Stone Manor is the first of a series of new apartment buildings that CHF will construct as part of its RESOLVE projects. These projects are being supported by a joint contribution by 11 Calgary home builders — ALBI Luxury by Brookfield Residential, Brookfield Residential, Calbridge Homes, Cardel Lifestyles and Logel Homes, Cedarglen Living, Homes by Avi Group of Companies, Hopewell Residential Limited Partnership, Jayman BUILT Group of Companies, Morrison Homes, Shane Homes and StreetSide Developments: A Qualico Company. Each builder will fund and construct a CHF project in RESOLVE.

At the kickoff event, the exterior of the boarding house was transformed into a stunning work of art by This is My City Art Society. Large-scale photo portraits of people from the community were attached to the outside of the house and exterior doors painted different colours to symbolize the community’s spirit. Good wishes for the building from the community were written on CDs and hung on two Wishing Trees in the front yard.

After the event, the artwork was moved to the construction fence around the site as symbols of community renewal and resilience.

Stepping Stone Manor will have 24-hour on-site support through a partnering homeless-serving agency. The building will be designed to increase tenant integration through common rooms, shared dining rooms and meeting rooms. It is expected to be completed in the summer of 2015.