Home furniture bank for refugees could vanish with out new property

An Ottawa firm that delivers asylum seekers with cost-free, carefully used housing essentials is getting rid of its warehouse this spring. The founder claims a new place is needed or it could close for great.

Suzi Shore Sauvé began Dwelling to House in the fall of 2020 out of her garage and claimed she has considering that helped about 500 refugee family members get settled in their new homes.

Sauvé now outlets hundreds of donated products — from rolling pins to toasters and couches — at the aged Place Grocer on Ridgewood Avenue in the vicinity of Mooney’s Bay.

The building enterprise that owns the constructing and donates the room to Sauvé strategies to redevelop the house and requested Dwelling to House to leave this spring, she explained.

“We’re hoping to force it as lengthy as we can,” she stated. “We seriously want [a] new space so we can serve the future 500 families.”

The previous aisle of the retailer is devoted to toys, home furniture and other gear for toddlers and more mature small children. (Laura Glowacki/CBC)

Home to Home runs on donations and Sauve’s personal cash. While refugees are not charged for the providers, persons who donate home furniture are requested to go over any shipping prices.

Furniture for 1 bedroom, for example, prices $275 to donate. People can make contact with Sauvé and fall off objects in person for absolutely free.

When refugees require items, they can book an appointment and choose the things they will need.

A list of available items, many of them highlighted, taped to what looks like a toaster oven.
When volunteers and staff have assembled a family’s requested items, they are put in bins and piled with each other at a dedicated aisle. (Laura Glowacki/CBC)

Asad Rahimi came to Canada from Afghanistan a calendar year and a half ago and now performs at Household to House with two other refugees. He estimates the group saved his family by itself up to $6,000.

“That is not just me, which is every refugee conserving from listed here,” he explained.

“They are having their kitchen, their mattresses, their sofas, dining established, microwave, iron, sometimes we are supplying brand new things.”

A worker stands in an aisle between two full shelves of donated items.
Asad Rahimi stands in a person of the aisles of Household to Dwelling at the previous Region Grocer on Ridgewood Avenue. He now operates at the centre that he reported assisted help save his household countless numbers of dollars when they arrived from Afghanistan in 2021. (Laura Glowacki/CBC)

When CBC toured the repurposed grocery store past 7 days, each individual aisle was packed to the rafters with put options, children’s toys, photographs, throw pillows and several other items that full a house.

Each individual aisle was organized and focused to a diverse section of the home. 

Donated couches next to what used to be a meat freezer in a grocery store.
The previous meat fridge made use of to show outfits, organized by form and measurement, but these things have already been packed in containers, planning for a go this spring. (Laura Glowacki/CBC)

Right after starting up House to Residence, Sauvé said she rapidly understood the have to have for unexpected emergency household furniture for refugees in Ottawa. Some would or else go weeks sleeping on the floor though ready for beds, she stated. 

“Our only demographic is refugees,” she stated. “We are that area that can make guaranteed they have their household furniture swiftly.”

Property to Household requirements a area which is at minimum 10,000 square toes (all around 900 square metres) with warmth, functioning washrooms, parking and a door large adequate for loading and unloading household furniture, said Sauvé.

As of Tuesday, the firm had no delivers for a new space.

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