On February 29th we were delighted to have Lauren Ingalls join us from the Foothills Foundation.  The Foothills Foundation has been providing affordable housing options for seniors in the foothills region since 1950.  The Foundation operates three supportive living centres in each of the communities of Okotoks, Black Diamond and High River.  The lodges provide hotel style accommodation, meals, basic room furnishings, weekly housekeeping, recreation, 24 hour non medical monitoring and referral to community based services. Starting in the 1990’s the Foundation also expanded its programs to include independent living and family housing for low and moderate income seniors and families. In total the Foundation provides accommodation to 391 seniors and 47 families in 350 units, and financial rent support to another 175 households. The average senior in the lodge program has income under $26,000 and pays $13,100 annually toward rent in 2012.

The Foothills Foundation is currently undertaking a project to replace the dining room tables and chairs at the Sandstone Lodge in Okotoks.  To date the Foundation has raised funds totalling $23,300. The cost to replace the chairs and table is $33,300 leaving a shortfall of $10,000.

For more information you can contact Lauren at 403-652-8600 or lingalls@foothillsfdtn.org