Our Vision

Hope and Homes for All

Our Mission

Indwell is a Christian charity that creates affordable housing communities that support people seeking health, wellness and belonging.

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tenants in 1062 households
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of programming and project development costs come from generous donors
which Indwell then leverages ten times

Our Values

We value the inherent dignity of all people as image bearers of God.

We live out our Christian calling to love our neighbours as ourselves.

Hope is the foundation of all our actions.

our story


By the early 1970s, Siny Prinzen and her late husband John saw a real need in area churches for support for vulnerable adults dealing with mental health issues. With their home already a hub for young people, John wanted to see if one-on-one support would make a difference in the life of a struggling young woman. Siny, home with their two young children, was – as she says with a grin – “a part of the experiment.” That woman lived with them for a year before moving on and getting married.

Recognizing the Need
John and Siny Prinzen's original Locke Street Residence—circa 1974

By 1974, John had organized a group of professionals to devise solutions for families with adult children who had disabilities. That year, The Homestead, as it was affectionately known, was born in downtown Hamilton. House parents were hired and seven residents were accepted. After a couple of years, The Homestead moved from a rented location on Homewood Ave. and purchased a home on Locke Street. Through 2001 that home saw many, many people served, usually moving to independent living within a year or two.

“The Homestead”
An apartment at Caroline Apartments, Indwell's first apartment building

Homestead, now known as Indwell, purchased its first apartment building in 2000 with financing provided by Bill Voortman. Bill’s support and encouragement at a critical time launched significant growth for Indwell by providing the option of independent living with supports.

Indwell’s First Apartment Building

Since our founding, Indwell has expanded both the range and number of housing options. We now provide supportive housing to more than 1111 households in southern Ontario through our programs in Hamilton, Waterloo Region, London, Mississauga, Simcoe, St. Thomas, and Woodstock.

Our housing options range from residential care facilities with 24-hour on-site services, high support housing and independent apartments with supports.

Growing Well

Leadership Team

Jeff Neven

Chief Executive Officer
Jeff is an esteemed community leader who actively engages in various local initiatives. He is deeply committed to neighbourhood engagement, active transportation, homelessness prevention, his local church, and promoting recreational and employment opportunities for remote indigenous youth. Jeff earned a Master of Social Work degree in Community, Policy, Planning, and Organizations from Wilfrid Laurier University. In recognition of his exceptional contributions, he was honored with the "40 Under 40" Next Generation of Hamilton Leaders Award in 2017.

Jeff and his wife Maria, live in East Hamilton and have four children.


Chris Finkbiner

Chief Operating Officer

Graham Cubitt - Indwell's Director of Projects and Development

Graham Cubitt

Director of Projects & Development


Judy Eising

Director of Community and Donor Engagement


Anisha Gunnar

Director of People & Culture


Steven Rolfe

Director of Health Partnerships

Jessica Brand - Assistant Program Director

Jessica Brand

Regional Manager, Hamilton and Peel Region


Justin DeWaard

Regional Manager, Oxford and Haldimand-Norfolk


Julie Ellery

Clinical Lead

Leah Logan - Regional Manager, Haldimand-Norfolk

Leah Logan

Regional Manager, Waterloo Region

Thuemler, Natasha - colour

Natasha Thuemler

Regional Manager, Southwest

Board of Directors


John Nyholt


Fred Spoelstra, Board of Directors

Fred Spoelstra

Vice President

Wayne Solomon, Board of Directors

Wayne Solomon


Alice Plug-Buist - President of Indwell's Board of Directors

Alice Plug-Buist


Jan Disselkoen - Indwell Board of Directors

Jan Disselkoen


Karen Efron

Melanie Froese portrait, board member

Melanie Froese


Julia Marchesan


Lindsay Reynolds


Peter Van Geest

A culture of Inclusion

Indwell welcomes everyone

Indwell exists to provide hope and homes for all. Our supports, services, and employment are open to people from every creed, race, ethnicity, sex, ability, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Indwell’s leadership are motivated by the example of Jesus Christ as reflected in Indwell’s statement of faith. Indwell engages with diverse communities; we actively identify and remove barriers that prevent people from accessing and participating in our services and organization.

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