For more than four decades, Coventry Homes has built quality homes throughout Edmonton’s neighbourhoods. In June 2018, the award-winning builder announced its commitment to construct a home with a special cause. Coventry Homes has partnered with Habitat for Humanity Edmonton to donate an open-concept, three-bedroom Ari duplex to a worthy local family.
“We’re sure our Ari will make for the perfect new home and can’t wait to hand over the keys to its deserving new owners,” says Coventry Homes president and CEO, Henri Rodier.
Nestled alongside a creek and walking trails in the Leduc community of Woodbend, the 1,382-sq.-ft. home will feature 2 ½ bathrooms, a generous-sized U-shaped kitchen, a cosy fireplace, an upstairs laundry room and an attached garage.
Thanks to all of the volunteers, the building process has moved at lighting speed. By August 2018, the team was busy putting up drywall. By early fall, the foundation was poured and by October the framing was more than halfway completed, while the home’s plumbing and electrical were installed.
In November, the interior was coming to life, boasting a fresh coat of paint, baseboards, trim and fireplace mantel in place. Outside, the home’s siding, trim and accents were added.
Rodier went on to thank all its partner trades and suppliers, which have generously given of their time and products to make this home a reality.
No stranger to philanthropy, Coventry Homes has for years been involved in giving back to the communities it serves. In September 2018, the company launched its Coventry Cares Week program, benefiting Ronald McDonald House, the Edmonton Humane Society and Habitat for Humanity Edmonton.
“Coventry was drawn to the program (Habitat for Humanity). As it is ingrained in our culture to give back to the communities in which we build, live, and work, it seemed like a natural fit,” says Rodier, who took part in Carter’s President Build during Coventry’s volunteer week. “We were inspired to create our own week of volunteerism after brainstorming the best way Coventry could give back to the communities we are part of.”
During its inaugural Coventry Cares Week, employees from all facets of the company took part in the Carter Work Project, founded by former President Jimmy Carter in July 2017. Carter’s initiative was launched to commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary by building 150 homes across Canada. Coventry staff picked up tools, helping with everything from laying floors to installing baseboards and trims, to touch ups and more.
Not only were staff members volunteering to build, other employees worked at Habitat ReStore. ReStores accept and resell quality new and lightly used home products from consumers and manufacturers. Revenue raised covers 100 per cent of Habitat for Humanity operations and contributes to the building of new homes.
Since 1991, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton has supported hard-working, low- to middle-income individuals and families that face challenges and obstacles to homeownership and accessing affordable housing. In turn, the non-profit organization strengthens families, enriches their lives and benefits communities through homeownership.
Habitat for Humanity creates hope and opportunity for families by making homeownership a reality. The families also play a role by putting in 500 hours of “sweat equity” into their homes as a down payment. All the families are proactive, not passive. Investing, not receiving.
Coventry Homes is proud to be part of a group of caring home builders in the Capital region, that have to date gifted 31 homes to deserving families.
To date, Habitat for Humanity across northern Alberta have welcomed their 600th deserving family into a new home. For updates on Coventry Homes’ Habitat Home, please visit coventry-homes.com