Help Build Bright Futures

Help build bright futures

Eat with us and we will donate 10% of your bill to Habitat for Humanity

That’s right. We are donating 10% of every bill generated over the Thanksgiving weekend to Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North.

Thanksgiving is all about being thankful for what you have and the bounty of the previous year. So, we thought it was a fitting time to share a little of what we have with a nonprofit organization that gives so much to local families.

The kitchen has created a special Thanksgiving menu that will be available after 5pm October 11-13, and it includes pumpkin cheesecake!!!

Here’s how you can help us help others this weekend:

  1. Eat with us October 11, 12 & 13 (yes, lunch counts!)
  2. On October 15, we calculate 10% of every total bill generated over the Thanksgiving weekend.

The grand total will be announced October 16, and Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North will receive a cheque from us.

If you would like to make a personal donation to Habitat for Humanity, we won’t say no! We’ve set aside a container for donations, so let your server know and we will happily bring it to your table.

Why donate to Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North?

Through a continuous circle of build, buy, and reinvest, Habitat for Humanity brings stability to the lives of low-income families in Canada, the United States, and other countries worldwide.

Homes are built with donated materials and volunteer labour. Partner families are required to commit 500 volunteer hours in return for an affordable and sustainable no-interest, no down-payment mortgage with monthly payments set at 25% of their gross income. The monthly mortgage payments are placed in a revolving fund held by the Habitat for Humanity affiliate that built the home, and reinvested in building more homes for more families in need.

Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North was founded in the Comox Valley in 2004, and serves northern communities from Bowser to Port Hardy. So far, they have built 16 homes in the Comox Valley and 12 homes in Campbell River. Fifteen more homes will be built over the next two years.

Through the completed homes, 30 families have been given strength, stability, and self-reliance through affordable home ownership. One of those families was our very own Emily Cummings and her young son.

Before partnering with Habitat for Humanity, Emily was discouraged about home ownership and never thought it would happen for her.

“As a single mom, I was working so hard yet never gaining any ground,” said Emily. “Instead, I was spending all of my income paying inflated rental prices while watching the housing market climb further and further out of my reach.”

Habitat for Humanity isn’t just helping with the purchase affordable housing. They provide people with an opportunity for home ownership that builds confidence, equity, and pride.

“The entire process makes owning a home a reality for those who can’t otherwise afford it. Like me.” explained Emily. “I won’t say it wasn’t hard. It was as a challenge to find the time to get my hours done on top of working five days a week at my full-time job.”

“It was exhausting,” she added. “At times I felt I was missing out on quality time with my son. And, some days I felt like giving up. What kept me going was knowing it was all for a good cause, and all the time and hard work was going towards a better life for my son.”

Like all Habitat homeowners, Emily put in her volunteer hours on the construction site and in the ReStore working alongside volunteers, other homeowners, and Habitat staff.

Safe, decent, and affordable home ownership plays a critical role in helping families create a future filled with possibilities and progress. The outcomes are long-lasting and life-changing, giving families the skills and confidence needed to invest in themselves and their communities.

“Everyone was so patient and helpful,” Emily said. “I went in knowing nothing about construction and now I have skills that I’ll use for the rest of my life, and for maintaining my home. I was able to try, do, and learn things that I would never have had the opportunity to learn otherwise. It’s incredible to have the confidence to use power tools, lay flooring, hang drywall, and so much more.”

Every time she walks through the door of her home, Emily thinks back to all the volunteers who helped make it possible.

“Habitat volunteers donate their time to help better the lives of families in our community, and that is beyond amazing. Every volunteer is part of the home my son will grow up in. I will never forget what they have done for us.”

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Help us help more people like Emily.

Call (250) 897-0081 to reserve a table for this weekend.

We are open regular hours October 11-13, and closed Monday October 14.

Happy Thanksgiving!