40 Knots Winery in Comox is putting its money where its mouth is. As part of the winery’s triple bottom line commitment to environmental, social, and economic sustainability, 40 Knots is donating $5000 toward the purchase of a tiny home, part of a grassroots effort to help shelter some of the Comox Valley’s most vulnerable citizens.
The WeCanShelter Project is a collaboration between Dawn to Dawn, Action on Homelessness and a local rotary club.
“Charlene Davis [President of the Rotary Club of Comox] began to tell me the success stories of people that they brought off the streets into these homes and what a change it was making to their life,” Brenda Hetman-Craig, Owner of 40 Knots Winery, told Chek News in a June 16 story. “We just wanted to be a part of it.”
The concept of using affordable tiny, or containers homes to address the growing problem of homelessness is gaining popularity throughout Vancouver Island. The WeCanShelter Project is building a small community of container tiny homes at the Maple Pool Campground and RV Park, aimed at providing dry, clean and safe shelter for those in need while giving them privacy and space.
More than 130 people are considered homeless in the Comox Valley. They live without basic necessities like running water, electricity and washrooms.
Volunteers and rotary club members convert the shipping containers into tiny homes. Each conversion costs roughly $22,000 to complete. Once built, Dawn to Dawn manages the homes.
Hetman-Craig of 40 Knots, says the winery will continue donating until the project is completed.