Seniors in Thompson face a dilemma. They may want to remain close to their children and grandchildren, but the serious shortage of suitable accommodation in the northern community forces many to move away when they can no longer manage in their own houses.
Assiniboine was pleased to provide a Sustainable Community Grant to kick-start an ambitious project by Thompson Lions Seniors Housing to develop affordable units designed for seniors. The proposed new complex will offer 30 wheelchair accessible one and two bedroom apartments, a common recreation and meeting area, and a suite for guests. The Thompson Lions Club donated land for the project.
“There is a great need for this type of housing in Thompson,” says Assiniboine Branch Manager Brenda Laycock, who was pleased to present a cheque for $5,000 to Thompson Lions Seniors Manor. This is the first cash donation received towards this project.
This initiative will benefit the community in many ways.
“It will help keep extended families in Thompson and, as a result, directly influence retention of employees,” says chairman Nick DiVirgilio. “This will keep the seniors’ buying power in the city. And it will provide employment, both for the construction and for the ongoing management of the facility.”
To read the story posted in the local paper – The Thompson Citizen – visit Assiniboine Credit Union donates $5,000 to seniors housing project.