Imagine a Grand Bend winter day. Snow piled high. Wind whistling off the lake. Temperatures well below zero.
Now imagine a blazing fireplace, bringing color and warmth.
That’s what Kathy Campbell, a member of the board of Sauble Court, a non-profit apartment complex in Grand Bend, was thinking when she applied to the Foundation for a grant to pay for for a new gas fireplace.
The 26-unit seniors building is almost 35 years old and the original fireplace urgently needed to be replaced. Campbell points out that it is the only source of heat in the event of a power outage. “Many of our tenants are 80 and older,” she says, “so heat is vital.”
Just as important, the fireplace creates a warm and colorful atmosphere, drawing tenants to the lounge for community activities. “The room is surrounded by windows,” says Campbell, “so it can look pretty cold and stark in the winter. But the fireplace makes it cozy. Our tenants use the lounge every day.”