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New Doors Opening At A Place Called Home Thanks To Grant From The Ontario Trillium Foundation

KAWARTHA LAKES- A Place Called Home’s (APCH) emergency shelter in Lindsay was recently awarded a grant in the amount of $69,700.00 from the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s (OTF)Resilient Communities Fund for a new Fund Development Coordinator position to help the agency build essential donor relationships that are integral to the organization’s mission of ensuring everyone has a Place to Call Home.

Jen Lopinski was hired as the new Fund Development Coordinator at APCH. Lopinski who has been with the organization since 2004 and has been passionately working during this past year at increasing homeless awareness and building strong donor relationships in a post-Covid 19 pandemic climate. 

The OTG grant and the Fund Development Coordinator position have made many impactful initiatives possible. Exciting new projects such as the Mural Art Project has been highly successful in creating increased homeless awareness in youth in our community and has also served to build strong community relationships with the Kawartha Art Gallery and the United Way – CKL.

Another thriving initiative that was made possible by the Ontario Trillium Grant is the agency’s new Bikeshare program that commenced in May 2023 that offers free and accessible transportation to their shelter and outreach clients. 

Since March, Lopinski has been coordinating the agency’s biggest fundraising event, the Kawartha Lakes Classic Cycling Tour (August 26), with the support of the Kawartha Cycling Club. Lopinski states, “Event’s such as this and the Mark-a-thon (Aug 12) help our organization to meet our target of raising $150,000.00 per year. Our agency must raise more than $150,000.00 per year to ensure that we are able to provide effective shelter and outreach services to the homeless in the City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton County.  We greatly appreciate the Ontario Trillium Grant that we have been awarded as it has given our organization an essential tool that has bolstered our ability to raise funds for the homeless”. 

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) celebrates 40 years of grant-making in Ontario and making a lasting impact in communities. Last year, OTF invested over $110M into 1,022 community projects and partnerships. Visit otf.ca to learn more.

For more information about A Place Called Home, please visit: A Place Called Home (apch.ca) .


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Pamela Vanmeer
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Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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