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Canada's First G & L Retirement Home Set to Open Sept. 1st
Only a few thousand dollars investment still needed

AN architect is finalizing interior drawings and financing is almost in place for Rainbow's End Seniors Residence, an Ottawa retirement home for gay and lesbian seniors which is to to be the first of its kind in Canada.  Renovations are scheduled to be completed in August and seniors can start calling 'Rainbow's End' home on September 1st.

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But a few thousand dollars' more investment is needed, says Ottawa's George Hartsgrove, in order to top-up his $200,000 commitment and that of the venture's bank.

"At the present time almost all of the financing is in place except for a few thousand dollars.  This is where I need help to ensure that the project will succeed," said Mr. Hartsgrove in a statement today.

Mr. Hartsgrove is a successful Ottawa businessman who opened Rideau Valley Inn, a G & L guesthouse, years ago and was Advertising Sales Manager for Capital Xtra!, the Community's monthly newspaper, during its building years.  He has been nominated for 'Entrepreneur of the Year' at the upcoming 'Heroes of 2000 Community Achievement Awards.'

The new retirement home ... will provide quality housing and communal living for seniors who are healthy and independent but feel lonely and isolated ... for those who want to maintain their independence and have a need for enhanced social support free from bias and discrimination.
- Developer George Hartsgrove
 
 
He says that if people believe such a facility is needed for the Community then they should consider participating.  He urges interested parties to "call or e-mail me to talk about how you, your friends or a group of you can contribute to the success of this much needed ground-breaking project."

The downtown retirement home will offer residents 3 meals a day and cleaning services.  A full-time houseperson will live on site.  Other ad-hoc services will be available, such as making transportation arrangements.

The concept is being promoted as a healthy alternative to the social isolation of both aging and being gay.  "It will be for people at the stage where looking after themselves in their own environment - as well as maintaining a house - is just too much," said Mr. Hartsgrove earlier.

"The new retirement home ... will provide quality housing and communal living for seniors who are healthy and independent but feel lonely and isolated ... for those who want to maintain their independence and have a need for enhanced social support free from bias and discrimination," he added.

Interested parties can contact George Hartsgrove at gwh@istar.ca, Tel: (613) 236-9310, or Fax: (613) 237-6842.