Did you know there are 3,000 – 5,000 homeless veterans sleeping on Canada’s streets every night? In fact, up to 10% of the homeless in Canada’s cities are veterans. Homeless veterans are less likely to access the services that shelters provide and are twice as likely to be victims of crime than other homeless individuals.
Veterans’ House, a Multifaith Housing Initiative (MHI) project, will give homeless veterans a place to call home and provide them with the support and services they need. Their first project, Veterans’ House: the Andy Carswell building, is scheduled to open in February 2021 and will be Canada’s first permanent, supportive housing for homeless veterans.
At the beginning of November, Smooth Commerce and MHI launched a charitable giving program to help facilitate donations to Veterans’ House. Smooth Commerce launched a feature on their platform that enabled their clients’ customers to make optional donations to Veterans’ House. Our clients Basil Box, Denny’s Canada, Greek Souvlaki House and Maker Pizza were eager to participate in this charitable giving program to help give back to the community.
These four brands launched the donation feature on their mobile apps and web ordering at the beginning of Veterans’ Week. When customers place an order, they can add an optional donation in the ordering process or at checkout. This program will end on December 31, 2020.
Denny’s Canada and Basil Box will each be matching their customers’ donations. All donations made as part of this program will be matched by Lysander Funds and Canso Investment Counsel.
Watch a video about the charitable giving campaign with a message from Suzanne Le, Executive Director of Multifaith Housing Initiative here.
To donate to Veterans’ House and order a delicious meal, visit one of the participating brands’ web ordering or mobile apps: