Rady unlocks ‘key to health’ with fourth Habitat build
A couple will build their family’s home alongside health professionals, researchers and students thanks to a continued partnership between the University of Manitoba’s Rady Faculty of Health Sciences and Habitat for Humanity Manitoba.
The partner family – Leeann and Craig and four children ages seven to 15 – are involved in sports, community and school activities. The whole family came to the Bannatyne Campus for the kick-off to the the 10-day build.
“I’m overwhelmed with gratitude,” said Craig. “This is really going to help us prosper.”
“We are excited about partnering with Habitat again and leading the country as a socially accountable faculty by addressing a vital social determinant of health: safe, affordable housing,” said Dr. Brian Postl, Dean, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences and Vice-Provost (Health Sciences.) “We believe our ‘Key to Health’ build will contribute not only to the overall health and well-being of our partner family, but also to the academic success of the children.”
Faculty, staff and students in the Max Rady College of Medicine, Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry, and the Colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy and Rehabilitation Sciences have volunteered at, and supported financially, building Habitat for Humanity homes in 2013, 2014 and 2016.
“We are delighted that the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences is partnering, for the fourth time, with Habitat for Humanity to build a home that will be purchased by a low income family. It is wonderful to see the healthcare providers invest their time, talent and cash to assist a family to a much better life,” said Sandy Hopkins, CEO, Habitat for Humanity Manitoba.
The Key to Health build is on now until June 15, Monday to Friday from 12:30 to 8 p.m. For the two-week build, E-Lot has been transformed from staff parking into a construction site and then the home will be relocated to its permanent site in Winnipeg’s North End.
You can watch the home’s progress by following our Twitter feed, or drop by E-Lot and cheer on the volunteers.
For more information or to make a donation, visit Habitat for Humanity.