Uusi Koti – A New Home. The Grand Opening.

The very impressive Uusi Koti - June 23,2017

A very good news story that transcends all ages happened on Friday, June 23rd in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

The Ontario Finnish Resthome Association (OFRA) hosted the Grand Opening of their brand new Senior’s Independent Living Residence, Uusi Koti.

Uusi Koti – A New Home

As it happened, it was also Finland’s Independence Day, Juhannus – marking Finland’s 100th birthday.   Blue and white were the colours of the day.

With four residential communities located on North Street (across from Superior Heights Highschool), The Ontario Finnish Resthome Association has set the standard for development in senior living.

“Our residents and staff live and work by our motto – Homes With A Heart” shared Margret Gardner, Fund Development Coordinator, The Ontario Finnish Resthome Foundation. “Because of the way our community is built, residents have opportunities to develop long-lasting relationships with both residents and staff.”

“Independent living, assisted living, and long-term care are integrated in such a way as to foster familiarity which supports well being in an aging population.” she said.

“There is a 2 – 5 year wait list at Uusi Koti depending on whether a person is looking for a one or two bedroom apartment.”

The 9 Storey, 100 Unit Apartment Building opened for residents to begin moving in November/December 2016.


With two incredible guest apartments available in Uusi Koti for rentals by family and friends of OFRA, the wait list for those two spaces is also growing. At $80.00/night – there’s little doubt that the guest list will continue to be perpetually booked. With views that look out over a forested area with the International Bridge in the distance, Uusi Koti is a development marvel.

Heidi Schell, OFRA’s Purchasing & Marketing Agent took folks, including Sault Ste. Marie Mayor Christian Provenzano on a guided tour of the impressive, highly environmentally efficient building.

Todd Slotegraaf, Ontario Finnish Resthome Association Chair, and daughter Hanna cut the ribbon with Mayor Christian Provenzano and  Tarja Loewen, Ontario Finnish Resthome Foundation Chair on Friday, June 23rd, 2017.

Watch the ceremony and ribbon cutting in video below. Tarja Loewen offers a description of the exquisite Donor Tree created by artist Mark Lehtimaki with help from Lon Granger and Ricky Poli. The Donor Tree is on permanent display in the Gathering Place, just off the main entrance of Uusi Koti.

Uusi Koti’s builder, SalDan Developments Ltd. President Sam Biasucci spoke with Superior Media at the Uusi Koti Grand Opening.

Congratulations to the Ontario Finnish Resthome Association and Foundation for continuing to set the bar for senior living in Sault Ste. Marie.

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  1. This is one heck of a great news story. The Ontario Finnish Resthome Association and SalDan Developments should be extremely proud of themselves for what they have built here on this wonderful site. The response to this development by the tenants who are now living at the Uusi Koti building is a tribute to the success of what went into this whole new complex. Thank you to all who played a roll in this and continued success in the future. As a neighbour of the Finnish Resthome property, I am happy to say that I smile each day that I drive by this location and see this new development.

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