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Sisters visit WRP home

It was a glorious Saturday morning Sept. 19, 2009 as four of us made our way to the site in Scarborough to see two of the 38 new affordable homes built by the women religious of the Archdiocese of Toronto in partnership with Habitat for Humanity and with the help of many other generous people.

After much reflection and discernment, Toronto’s women religious congregations had decided on a project that would address, in a concrete way, the need for affordable housing in the GTA. This process took some 10 years to complete and is the result of much worry, hard work and endless meetings. But what a wonderful ending this Open House proved to be!  

The homes are beautiful, spacious, comfortable and all in a gorgeous setting of green trees, grassy spaces and new roads. Each home has a practical kitchen area, a large basement, master bedroom with ensuite bathroom, good closet space and plentiful storage areas. The rooms are bright with lots of windows and each house has a fenced backyard. 
That’s what I can tell you about the visible part of the project, but what I really want to tell you about is a little family that I met just as I was leaving the site. 

I was heading towards the car with the other Sisters who had come with me to see the project when a slight man came over to me and asked, ever so politely, if I could fulfill a request of his young daughter. She had whispered in his ear and asked him if the lady with the camera could take a photo of them in front of their new house. I was very happy to have this opportunity and they posed, so proudly, on their porch. The father invited me to go inside and see the rest of the house. They had just moved in three weeks before and were proud to own a house for the first time in their lives. 

They had set it up beautifully. It was warm and inviting and I could not help but wonder where their last dwelling may have been. He thanked me numerous times for building this house for them. 

Meeting this family was the highlight of my visit to this neighbourhood. It was a special gift to actually meet a young family whose lives would be forever changed by all that finally owning a home can mean. In an instant, two children captivated my heart and put a human face on the WRP project, making it worth all the blood and sweat and tears and prayers that went into it!

Article and pictures by Lorraine Malo CSJ


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