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We in the Town of Altona and the RM of Rhineland have always taken care of our own, building facilities and creating programs to meet the needs of seniors in our community. In the late 1950s, planning began among a group of churches for a seniors home in Altona, resulting in the opening of Ebenezer Home for the Aged in 1962. The building known as the “Units” opened in 1964, and the “Manor” was finished in 1979.
Ebenezer Home, now The Gardens on Tenth, operated for some time as a personal care home until the Altona Community Memorial Health Centre enlarged its personal care home. That’s when management and operation of the building known as the “Apartments” was given back to the churches.
Community fundraising paid for renovations so that the Apartments could re-open in 2000, providing independent living with a meal plan.
By 2007, there was an increase in the number of seniors living in our buildings who could not look after themselves, but didn’t need to be in a hospital or a care home. We were challenged to come up with a plan to support these seniors, and in 2008 a Supervised Living pilot project began.
The three-year pilot project gave 24/7 support to vulnerable seniors. It was paid for by a community campaign that raised $450,000 in just three months. Manitoba Health was so impressed by the results of our three-year pilot project that in 2011, the department agreed to fund our Supportive Housing program.
Typically, all existing buildings at The Gardens on Tenth have waiting lists. Seniors are also waiting to get into our Supportive Housing program. Your donation will help to pay the annual operating costs of these existing buildings and our on-going services such as meals, security and the activity program.
You can also designate funds for our Chaplaincy Program which provides spiritual care for our residents as well as seniors living at the Eastview Place Personal Care Home.
Donations are also being accepted for The Gardens on Tenth: Growing for Our Community—a fund-raising campaign to add 66 suites to our complex, so we can meet the needs of seniors well into the future.
What is The Gardens on Tenth: Growing for our Community Campaign?
It’s a $3 million fund-raising campaign to provide the community portion of the funds required to build a 66 unit, four-storey seniors’ housing facility. The cost of construction is estimated to be between $17 – $19 million. For more information, please follow this link to visit the Growing for Our Community page.