The Gardens on Tenth began in 1962 as the Ebenezer Home for the Aged. In the early ’60s, a number of churches in the Altona area shared a vision of providing a splendid home for the benefit of seniors in their community.
More than 2,000 guests attended an open house which took place over two days in April, 1962. The Board Chair at the time, David Schulz, shared his thoughts with a local reporter for the Red River Valley Echo:
“It is our prayer that all those who reside here, during the latter years of their life, will look back to their stay at Ebenezer as a peaceful and blessed experience.”
Manitoba Premier Duff Roblin attended the official opening ceremony on June 10, 1962 and cut the ribbon to open the new facility. Fifty years to the day of that grand celebration, supporters of Ebenezer Home gathered in Altona once again. The theme of the 50th anniversary event was taken from 1 Samuel 7:12(b): “Thus far the Lord has helped us” (NIV)
Below you will see a few photos from the early days of the Ebenezer Home in April and June of 1962. Also included in this slideshow is an eight-page advertising insert that appeared in the Red River Valley Echo on May 16, 1962. Images courtesy of The Altona & District Heritage Research Centre Inc. (Altona Archive).
In keeping with the Christian faith and heritage that built the Ebenezer Home, our current board remains committed to serving the evolving needs of our residents through facilities, programs, and services designed to address the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of those in our care or in need of our care, with dignity and respect deserving of persons created in the image of God.
- All residents deserve respect regardless of age, race or creed
- All residents and their families deserve to be treated with kindness, empathy, understanding and compassion.
- Our employees deserve respect regardless of age, race or creed
- Our employees must be provided with a just wage and safe workplace
- To provide a peaceful and happy home life for seniors and the elderly.
- To promote an atmosphere where respect for people and for life is the basis for our care and concern for all residents.
- To nurture wholeness, happiness and a sense of purpose in the lives of all residents.
- To promote sensitivity to and understanding of the needs of residents and their relatives and friends.
- To provide an atmosphere where each resident is invited to grow in his/her faith.
- To provide a wholesome, satisfying work environment for our employees.
- To encourage programs of educational, social and spiritual value for residents and employees.
- To cooperate with government agencies and community service providers in meeting the physical, social and spiritual requirements of aging or disabled seniors.
The primary mandate of The Gardens on Tenthis to provide affordable housing, together with a full meal program, for seniors who are able to live independently (with or without Home Care).
A second mandate is to provide a staff presence, safety and security for those who need extra support and assistance via our Supportive Housing Program (funded through the RHA) and our 24/7 program – both in The Apartments building.
Churches & Board
The Gardens on Tenth is a non-profit charitable organization, operated by a board on behalf of local area churches. Each area church is invited to elect a representative to participate on the Board of Directors.
The board is the governing body of The Gardens on Tenth and accepts final responsibility for all operations. The board appoints the Executive Director and to this individual delegates the responsibility for the management of The Gardens. The board meets regularly, usually every month.
2019-2020 Board Members:
Blumenort Mennonite Church
Altona Bergthaler Church
Altona Bergthaler Church
Altona United Church
South Park MB Church
Seeds of Life Church
Altona Mennonite Church
Reinland Mennonite Church
Reinland Mennonite Church
St. John Lutheran Church, Rosenfeld
Sommerfeld Mennonite Church
Gretna Bergthaler Mennonite
Halbstadt Bergthaler Mennonite
Archived Contruction Photos
May 25 ’15
We’re in! We got word that we can officially occupy our new Gardens on Tenth building, and tenants are moving in! Very exciting! Take a look at some more pictures, including a tour of our Guest Room!
May 20 ’15
Things are really coming along in our new building! Take a look at the pictures, and you’ll see for yourself that the building is almost ready for occupancy!!!
May 2 ’15
Finally… a little sneak peek into the new building! It’s exciting to know that the finish line is in sight!
April 10 ’15
Our construction site continues to be a busy place, however, most of that is happening inside the building, out of our sight — therefore, the lack of construction pictures the last few months. Hopefully we will soon be able to post pictures of the finished interior! How exciting!
On April 10th, the Gardens on Tenth Board and Building Committee put on a Appreciation BBQ Lunch for the WBS building crew! What a great job they have done and continue to do! Below are a few pictures of that lunch.
December 10 ’14
Following our annual Gardens on Tenth Staff Christmas Banquet on Dec. 10, we were invited to have a tour of the inside of the facility under construction. Wow, has there ever been progress! So exciting! Take a look at the photos below to get a glimpse
October 2, 2014
It’s been a busy week at The Gardens on Tenth! Check out the slides below to see it all — our main parking lot was dug up to fix the sewer line; the Units roof was reshingled; and the remaining west wing of the Units which had been used as a construction office until now was completely demolished. All this while the regular construction on our new building continued on at full speed — check out the pictures of the stonework that has already been installed on the west side!
September 17, 2014
Well, there’s been a lot going on on our Construction site since we last posted, so now I’m about to embark on a much more indepth tour of the inside of the new building! On September 17, the Gardens on Tenth staff was invited to come for an evening tour of the building! It was so exciting to see how the blueprint was truly coming to life — and it looked even BETTER than what I had imagined! The hallways and doorways are all wide and ceilings high. The common areas are spacious and there are a LOT of large windows letting in an abundance of natural lighting! WOW! I can’t wait to see the finished product! In the meantime, why don’t you join me on our tour through the building! Although the elevator is not yet installed, the stairs work well and if you put on your comfortable walking shoes, I’m sure you won’t have a problem keeping up with us as we go all the way to the fourth floor! And let me tell you… it’s so worth the trek to the top, because that’s where some of the suites have already been dry-walled and mudded! It makes the rooms come to life, and with just a bit of an imagination, it’s not hard to imagine comfortably furnished suites and common areas! Here we go!
August 22, 2014
I’ve got a really EXCITING tour for you today! A sneak peek into the INTERIOR of our new building! Put on your hard hat and steel-toe shoes, and come on in!
First off, here’s the hallway that leads to the various apartments. As you can see, it’s not quite ready for occupancy yet, but it’s easy to start imagining the building as a place to live when you see this sort of thing!
Come on, let’s turn left into this suite! Hey, it’s starting to take shape!
Another view of the interior of a suite.
Wow, is this going to be your living room? Or the living room of your parent/grandparent, where you will come for a visit? Picture the bats of insulation as a couch and it almost looks like a living room!
Oh, and if ever you do actually live here, or visit family or friends here, and have the urge to climb onto the roof to see what the view would be like, I’ll just save you the time, and show it to you. Check it out!
And now, we’re back on the ground, and on the south side of the new building. The new building is getting closer and closer to the point of where the old and new will attach.
Well, if this tour has instilled any sort of interest in you to see if you can get a room for yourself or for a family member or friend, we’d love to talk to you! With the government subsidies available for many of the rooms, it’s more affordable than you might think! Call Ray Hamm at 324-8945 or email him at [email protected]
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!
August 15, 2014
Here’s a bit of a tour around the outside of our Gardens on Tenth job site. Hop on your virtual bike and join me as we drive around and see the building from different angles.
Thanks for joining me on this bike tour! Let’s do it again!
August 6, 2014
July 29, 2014
July 18, 2014
June 30, 2014
June 25, 2014
June 10, 2014
Scenes from today:
June 9, 2014
Here’s what’s been happening over this past week:
May 27, 2014
May 20, 2014
May 8, 2014
May 1, 2014
April 26, 2014
April 18, 2014
April 15, 2014 – The walls are coming up! Drive by for yourself to see more action!
April 11, 2014
April 6, 2014
So exciting! The walls of the first floor are starting to go up!!! Drive by to see it for yourself!
March 29, 2014
Construction has begun on the first floor of our building! Take a drive down 10th Ave NE, Altona to see it for yourself!
March 21, 2014
March 13, 2014
If you haven’t driven by our construction site on 10th Ave NE lately, you’ll want to be sure to do that soon! There’s definitely a lot of action there! We’re starting to see more walls come up! It’s getting pretty muddy on some of those warmer springy days, but with their big equipment, it doesn’t seem to slow them down! Check out the pictures below. If you click on a picture, it’ll show the full picture to you; click on it again and you’ll see a larger version.
March 3, 2014
February 13, 2014
February 6, 2014
January 28, 2014
January 21, 2014
January 15, 2014 – The snow is blowing, but the work must go on!
January 8, 2014 — Christmas and New Years Day are over, and the crew is getting back to work!
December 20 & 21st – Lots of action!
The destruction of the west wing of the Units at The Gardens on Tenth.
Earlier Building Project Pictures: