Cornucopia was funded in 2004 as a way of providing Christmas gifts for some of the children in a few of our properties. We asked the managers of the properties to identify especially needy families and we feted them with multiple gifts and food baskets.  The program became known as Santa’s Truck because the holiday surprises were transported in a large yellow rental van.

It soon became obvious that there were no residents living at our sites who were not needy; there were only degrees of need. We set about providing holiday gifts for every one of the kids at every property, currently totaling over 1,300 gifts.

We began to think of other ways to help, starting with layettes for new mothers, and loaded backpacks for school aged kids. We began community-building activities such as holiday parties, barbeques, senior bingos and birthday celebrations. As the recession hit in 2008, we signed up with food banks  and began delivering food parcels to all of our seniors and some families.

More recently, we have moved into activities that have the potential to change peoples’ lives.  We began a series of pre-employment workshops to hone employment skills. We have started offering English Language classes and have a growing scholarship program to encourage our young people to  aspire to  higher education.