As a charitable organization, Hope’s Home seeks to partner with like-minded organizations that believe in making a difference in our communities. Affinity Credit Union, who is a long-standing partner of Hope’s Home donated a $250,000 gift to fund an inclusive indoor gym at the new Saskatoon Center.
“Affinity heard the Hope’s Home story, listened to parents and recognized the need for medically inclusive child care in our communities. We are grateful for all the support Affinity Credit Union has provided Hope’s Home in the past and we are excited to continue partnering with them to bring this need to Saskatoon and strengthen our cause to care for the most vulnerable children” says Jacqueline Tisher, Founder and CEO of Hope’s Home. “
“Hope’s Home is truly a one-of-a-kind organization – it has become an integral part of several Saskatchewan communities. Its expansion into another area in our province means they’ll not only provide more support to children with complex medical needs, but also to their families. We’ve partnered with Hope’s Home since its inception because the medically inclusive child care gap they’ve filled is what supporting local is all about,” said Mark Lane, CEO of Affinity Credit Union
The inclusive gym will be a space for all kids to play together, ensuring every child feels included. Many of the kids at Hope’s Home cannot be outside in extreme weather conditions due to their medical conditions, making an inclusive indoor space essential for open-ended play and encouraging imagination and discovery. This space will also include equipment pieces that help develop a child’s gross motor skills, allowing it to be used for physiotherapy.
The new Saskatoon location will feature two separate centers caring for 144 kids ages 6 weeks to 6 years old. Spaces will be held for kids with complex medical needs making this center an extension of pediatric healthcare. On-site nursing care, early childhood educators, developmental workers, and physical development consultants will provide Saskatoon families with a safe and inclusive environment where children receive the care they need.