Housing Crisis: A Plea For Help

Open letter to the Cayman community

By Tara Nielsen, ARK


‘Everything begins at home’ – a healthy society begins with a healthy, sanitary home environment.

If you have read any of the stories in the Cayman Compass’ housing series, you may have felt moved to help. The good news is you can.

We are reaching out to you today to see if you would like to join us and the R3 Foundation in helping to fund ARK’s ‘Cayman Casa’ home improvement projects.

ARK is working towards raising a minimum of $250,000 for the CASA program. There are hundreds of homes to renovate and ARK has more than 20 on the immediate agenda. A great number are storm damaged homes and many are in dire condition due to economic hardship.

ARK has a unique opportunity, thanks to R3 Foundation. All donations made to the ARK CASA program will be matched by R3 Foundation up to CI$250,000. The matching funds would come from the Kenneth B. Dart Foundation.

This would mean that if collectively we raised $250,000 from the community, we would raise $500,000 in total.

In essence, your contribution gets doubled.

We hope you may also feel passionate about improving the standard of living conditions for families across the islands and will be a part of this life changing “island sweep,” as ARK moves across Cayman with their amazing construction squad transforming lives.

If you can contribute, ARK, R3 and, most importantly, the people who desperately need this help would be most appreciative.

ARK believes ‘everything begins at home’ – a healthy society begins with a healthy, sanitary home environment.

Studies show that poor living conditions negatively affect physical and mental health as well as educational attainment for young children.

Please help us rejuvenate lives, renovate homes and set Caymanian families up for long term success.

If you are able and willing to help you can do so directly by contributing to the  R3 Cayman Foundation at the following accounts, marking “CASA Project” in the beneficiary field:

Butterfield Bank

US$ Account # 8401758030030

KYD Account # 1361758030040

**While you can still donate directly to ARK by online transfer or credit/debit at arkcayman.org, please note that if it’s specifically for CASA, it will only be matched if it goes directly to R3 (account details above).**

The Compass has agreed to take any cash of check donations and pass them on directly to the R3 Foundation.

If you want more information or to contribute to the cause in a different way you can email me at [email protected]

Every donation, no matter how small, can make a huge difference for families in need. Thank you.