Build from the heart

Learn more about the six projects that received funding through Build from the heart in 2023


Medicine Hat Women’s Shelter Society

Funding granted: $50,000

The Medicine Hat Women’s Shelter Society is an organization that has been providing safe shelter and support programs to victims of family violence for over 40 years. With the funds granted, the non-profit wants to renovate its current facility to better meet the needs of the community.

“We are very thankful to RONA Foundation’s Build from the Heart program for selecting our shelter as the recipient for these funds. Our current facility was built in 1998 and since that time we have seen a huge increase in demand for our services and shelter space. Our building has changed very little during all these growing years and we are at a point where we need to make our building accessible, provide dignified spaces and upgrade our fire prevention and security systems. These funds will go a long way with helping to meet these needs for our shelter,” explained Natasha Carvalho, Executive Director of the Medicine Hat Women’s Shelter Society.

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Turning Points Collaborative Society

Funding granted: $75,000

Turning Points Collaborative Society is an organization that offers safe and sustainable housing to vulnerable clienteles. With the funds granted, the non-profit wishes to renovate Bill’s Place, an addictions recovery facility that requires significant renovations to continue delivering high-quality, professional services.

“We are so grateful to the RONA Foundation for choosing Bill’s Place as a recipient of the Build from the Heart program! This project goes beyond improving the physical appearance of Bill’s Place; it’s about significantly enhancing the living conditions of the people we support. The renovation will have a significant impact on the residents of the program, addressing both tangible and intangible needs to enhance their recovery journey. The benefits are immeasurable and will raise the spirits of each and every resident on their recovery journey,” said Laurie Case, Executive Director of Communications at Turning Points Collaborative Society.


Habitat for Humanity Manitoba

Funding granted: $35,000

Habitat for Humanity Manitoba is a non-profit that helps low-income families access homeownership. With the funds granted, the organization will carry out a new pilot project to undertake critical repairs in low-income seniors’ homes to allow them to safely continue to live in the place where they made so many memories.

“We are so grateful for this generous contribution from RONA Foundation’s Build from the Heart Program. This money will go directly to our Critical Repair Program to support low-income individuals or families who own their own home in the Winnipeg area by performing repairs and modifications. These repairs and modifications will allow these individuals to stay in their homes, thus reducing the strain on the various community services,” said Sandy Hopkins, CEO, Habitat for Humanity Manitoba.


Port Colborne Community Association for Resource Extension

Funding granted: $125,000

The Port Colborne Community Association for Resource Extension (Port Cares) is a non-profit that provides residents of Niagara with social services that improve their quality of life. With the funds granted, the organization wishes to build a 41-unit affordable housing development in central Port Colborne.

“RONA Foundation’s generous gift to Port Cares’ A Place to Call Home affordable housing project is nothing less than transformative. The ability to provide truly affordable housing to female-led single parent families and low-income seniors through this desperately needed housing project will dramatically improve quality of life and will disrupt generational poverty. The RONA Foundation’s gift will help serve generations of families to come and Port Cares is so grateful for this recognition and support,” said Christine Clark Lafleur, CEO of Port Cares.


Le Petit Patro des Basses-Laurentides

Funding granted: $125,000

The Petit Patro des Basses-Laurentides is a non-profit founded 37 years ago that provides housing for vulnerable teenagers. The organization wants to build an annex to their existing building to help even more youths. This annex will allow the addition of new bedrooms and three new bathrooms to make residents more comfortable.

“Through a good daily routine, we help teenagers become more responsible, and increase their autonomy and self-confidence. The new multifunction room will offer more space to help these youths learn easy and accessible ways to care for their mental health”, explained Renée Brosseau, Director of the Le Petit Patro housing centre.



Funding granted: $65,000

SOFIA House is a non-profit that offers living units and services to women and children fleeing violence. With the funds granted, SOFIA House wants to add 39 independent living suites to its offering to provide affordable long-term housing to families fleeing violence, removing as many barriers as possible on their path to accessing safe housing.

“SOFIA House would like to sincerely thank the RONA Foundation for this generous funding. It will allow us to expand our residence spaces for long-term housing for families experiencing violence. These spaces are needed in our community. We appreciate the RONA Foundation’s support in allowing us to continue providing safety and privacy, counselling, cultural services and programming led by highly skilled workers, dedicated to assisting residents on their healing journey. We are honoured to be partnered with the RONA Foundation, who believes in the importance of second-stage shelters,” said Lisa Williams, Development Coordinator at SOFIA House.