Building Hope Saving Lives – The Celebration!

On June 24, we came together to celebrate the kindness and generosity of our community. One year ago the initiative called Building Hope Saving Lives was launched to create a new home for our community’s Emergency Shelter for women and children fleeing abuse – Women’s Place.¬† Since then, hundreds of community came together to make this possible.


Don Beattie and Janice Terpstra from CIBC’s St. Thomas Branch presented a donation of $5,000 to help create the space for the dignity and play that is so necessary for healing from harm and abuse. CIBC is a wonderful supporter of the St. Thomas community and involved in many initiatives to help many great causes.


Thank you to Trudy and Nick Kanellis, owners of the Wayside Dining Lounge in Talbotville, for their generous donation of $10,000 to provide safety and shelter for the women and children in our community. The Wayside Dining Lounge has been serving families in our area since 1936 and are one of the oldest restaurants in SW Ontario. We also thank the Wayside for providing the lovely food for our celebration!


Dowler-Karn, St. Thomas office, donated a generous $20,000 to Building Hope Saving Lives. They have been a successful family run business since 1949 with many locations throughout SW Ontario. thank you for extending your kindness and support to ensure women and children have a new Emergency Shelter – Women’s Place.


The London and St. Thomas Association of Realtors gave $25,000 to ensure a safe place for women and children in our community. They are actively involved in the communities they serve with a focus on ensuring shelter and protection to improve the quality of life. Thank you for your continued support!


Greg Tarry from Doug Tarry Custom Homes donated $25,000 to ensure the women and children in our community have a home – women’s Place Emergency Shelter. Doug Tarry Homes was founded in 1954 and has won 7 awards from the Canadian Home Builders Association. Shelter and homes are their business and they have made the dreams of many throughout our community possible.


The Dorothy Palmer Estate has given an additional $30,000 for a total of $130,000 to ensure that children have what they need to heal. What an amazing Legacy to leave! Thank you for your gift of safety and hope!


As a result of the kindness and generosity today and throughout the year from so many people who have given to Building Hope Saving Lives, we are happy to announce that our community has invested wholeheartedly in the creation of a new home for women’s Place Emergency Shelter with $1,100,000 given! Thank you for accepting the invitation to continue together our life saving legacy!


Celebration of Building Hope Saving Lives video




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