My how we’ve grown!

Susan Kerwin-Boudreau (and others)

Chair, Individual Fundraising Committee

The 2016-17 fiscal year (from April 1st 2016 through March 31st 2017) has been a most successful one for Our Harbour. We are most grateful to all the generous donors who helped spur our growth in 2016. The number of individual donors grew by 35% from the previous year, while the total amount of donations from individuals grew over the previous year to reach more than $ 22,200! (see our donor’s list)

Total donations from individuals, organizations, businesses and foundations are over $42,500, an increase of 26%. Each gift is an important contribution that allows us to continue to provide support and services for people with mental illness in our community.

The year got off to a strong start in the summer months with Catherine Gilbert’s second Camino walk, this time across south-western France. Forty-two donors responded to her appeal to raise funds to further help our residents integrate into community life. This walk resulted in over $3,500 in individual donations and saw an increase in the number of donors who contributed online through Canada Helps.

In the fall of 2016 our 15 residents and several volunteers walked in solidarity through the streets of Montreal (and in the pouring rain!) to continue our quest to raise public awareness for those suffering from mental illness. A number of donors responded generously to this appeal.

Our main event, our annual fall fundraising campaign, took place in November. We mailed approximately 200 letters to our loyal donors requesting their support and also advised our contacts of our campaign through our online newsletter Harbourviews. Over $5,500 was contributed by 60 generous donors.

When we look back at Our Harbour’s very first year of operation in 2003-04 when we raised just under $2,000 from 16 individual donors, we see how far we have come. We could not have done any of this without your loyal support over the past 14 years. We are so very grateful!

As we look to expand Our Harbour’s services, our financial needs will continue to grow. We plan to open another three apartments, increasing the number of residents from 15 to 24 in order to provide safe, affordable, supportive housing; we will need your help.

Lead coordinator Perveen Khokhar has been working hard for many weeks, along with numerous OH volunteers, to furnish the apartments with new beds, linen and towels as well as furniture and all the touches that make OH apartments into homes for our residents. Special thanks goes to the Jacques Francoeur Foundation for generously funding the purchase of brand new kitchen and laundry appliances for the apartment.

Our thanks to Employment and Social Development Canada, the many donors of furniture and kitchen ware and the numerous volunteers whose assistance and support have brought the SPLI grant to life at OH.

Over the years, your generous donations have increased the quality of life of our residents and helped them maximize their life potential. We look forward to continuing to work together with you and to another successful year.

Donations can be arranged at anytime by calling Dolly Shinhat at 450-671-9160.

Or online via https://www.canadahelps.org/dn/11033