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Frequently Asked Questions

How old do I have to be before I can apply for an apartment?
The apartments are intended for seniors 65+. If we dont have anyone that age ready to move in, we can rent to under 65+ based on need.

After I apply, how long will it take for me to be offered a suite?
Your place on the waiting list is determined by need. Available suites are offered to those with the greatest need.

Can I smoke in my apartment?
It depends on the building. You can discuss this when you submit an application for accommodation.

Are pets allowed?
It depends on the building. You can discuss this when you submit an application for accommodation.

Are my personal belongings covered under the managements insurance coverage?
All tenants are responsible for insuring their personal possessions and for having liability insurance.

 

Meet Ken Reuer

 

Ken Reuer was born in Wetaskiwin and though he moved to other places in Alberta, it’s where he chose to return and retire.

He left in 1962 to work in the oilfields in Cochrane, which started a career as varied and energetic as Ken himself. From driving trucks and being a plumber to working as a heavy duty and automotive mechanic, Ken has explored a few paths over the years.

One path that remained consistent throughout the jobs and moves was his calling to the ministry. “I’ve been in the ministry for 20 years. I didn’t ever take a salary; any funds that came in went to someone who needed it.” Ken started the Burning Bush Christian Crusade in 1971 as a charitable organization to help people in need.

In fact, Ken has started a few churches as well, all of which he turned over to someone else once they were established. “I’m not a pastor, I don’t have the heart of a pastor. But I can start things and hand them over,” he says with a smile.

Ken started churches in South Edmonton, Fort Saskatchewan, and Saddle Lake. All three were started as non-denominational. Two became full gospel churches while the third, in Fort Saskatchewan, became Pentecostal.

In 1988, Ken was diagnosed with progressive Multiple Sclerosis, which effectively ended his travelling. “Back then the Church would ask me to help out all kinds of denominations. I was never the type of person to hang my shingle on one denomination. Most of my meetings, we booked a hall and placed and ad.”

Despite not being able to preach in person, Ken has found another way to reach out – the internet. “On the internet, the email goes pretty much around the world,” he says. “It gets sent to Africa, UK, New Zealand, Australia, US, and Canada. Most who I write to are local but some from Africa and Singapore write back with questions.”

Ken’s online ministry, “Food for Thought,” is simple. He sends an idea or thought out to his email list along with a verse. When people ask questions about the meaning of the thought or verse, he writes a long email discussing the themes and meaning. Altogether, he spends eight hours a day on the computer checking emails and responding. He laughs, “I’ve been doing this for 16 years now and I haven’t repeated myself.”

It’s quite an achievement when you consider Ken is self-taught. “I bought my first one in 1993. It was a Mac and it came a self-teaching tape. That’s how I taught myself.”

Ken’s MS also means he has mobility issues. “I’ve been in the wheelchair for five years.” He used to love hunting, fishing, and camping but his balance started to go. That doesn’t mean, however, that he doesn’t get some walking in, “I have a treadmill that I won’t part with. We put it out in the common area. I go on that as much as possible to try and stay active. I can hang on tight to the sides and walk.”

He also gets out in the Summer a lot. “I have an electric horse and I bomb around town. It’s been my transportation since 1995. We used to raise horses and I had a stallion named Blaze, so I named my electric horse Blaze,” he chuckles.

He also mentions that it’s only ever let him down twice, “Once, I was visiting at the hospital and coming back it just quit. I looked at the motor and the brushes were shot. So, I phoned my friend and he drove out and towed me home.” There are even photos on the wall capturing the moment of Ken on ‘Blaze’ being towed by a rope, taken by another friend who passed by.

Ken’s farm, where the original Blaze resided, was with his now ex-wife, not too far from Wetaskiwin. “We raised horses. We would take them to the mountains or the bush for a weekend, just for the fun of it,” he says. They have two children, a daughter in Wetaskiwin and a son (and grandkids) in Cold Lake.

“My daughter is in the DSL in Wetaskiwin Meadows. She had an operation and it affected her mind. She’s only 52.” His ex-wife moved into the housing side of Wetaskiwin Meadows. “We’re quite the Bethany Group family,” he smiles.

When Ken first moved into Kiwanis Kourt, it was an adjustment. “Took a while to get used to it. Half the size of what I had but once I got used to the size, it was great.” He also likes the people and get-togethers and meals they all have. “I like it. I have quite the gift of the gab; people sometimes have difficulties understanding me but it doesn’t stop me from talking.”

It’s been a diverse and interesting road for Ken, along with some challenges but as he chats he still has a twinkle in his eye.