December 11, 2023

An Ottawa corporation that delivers asylum seekers with totally free, gently used housing essentials is getting rid of its warehouse this spring. The founder says a new place is needed or it could near for very good.

Suzi Shore Sauvé begun Household to Household in the fall of 2020 out of her garage and explained she has considering the fact that assisted about 500 refugee households get settled in their new residences.

Sauvé at present stores countless numbers of donated items — from rolling pins to toasters and couches — at the outdated Country Grocer on Ridgewood Avenue close to Mooney’s Bay.

The building firm that owns the making and donates the area to Sauvé ideas to redevelop the property and asked House to Home to leave this spring, she reported.

“We’re hoping to force it as extensive as we can,” she mentioned. “We actually want [a] new house so we can serve the next 500 people.”

A crowded shelf of donated kid's toys and supplies.
The previous aisle of the shop is devoted to toys, household furniture and other devices for infants and older youngsters. (Laura Glowacki/CBC)

Residence to Home runs on donations and Sauve’s individual funds. While refugees are not billed for the providers, individuals who donate household furniture are asked to deal with any supply costs.

Home furnishings for one particular bed room, for instance, fees $275 to donate. People can make contact with Sauvé and fall off objects in person for no cost.

When refugees want merchandise, they can guide an appointment and select the factors they have to have.

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 merchandise, they are put in bins and piled collectively at a committed aisle. (Laura Glowacki/CBC)

Asad Rahimi came to Canada from Afghanistan a 12 months and a fifty percent ago and now performs at Dwelling to Household with two other refugees. He estimates the team saved his loved ones by itself up to $6,000.

“That’s not just me, that’s each and every refugee saving from listed here,” he explained.

“They’re getting their kitchen area, their mattresses, their sofas, dining established, microwave, iron, from time to time we’re supplying manufacturer new stuff.”

A worker stands in an aisle between two full shelves of donated items.
Asad Rahimi stands in just one of the aisles of Property to Residence at the outdated State Grocer on Ridgewood Avenue. He now functions at the centre that he stated served help save his family thousands of dollars when they arrived from Afghanistan in 2021. (Laura Glowacki/CBC)

When CBC toured the repurposed grocery retailer final week, every single aisle was packed to the rafters with position settings, children’s toys, pictures, throw pillows and quite a few other products that entire a residence.

Every single aisle was arranged and committed to a various part of the home. 

Donated couches next to what used to be a meat freezer in a grocery store.
The former meat fridge utilised to screen clothes, organized by sort and sizing, but these objects have presently been packed in packing containers, making ready for a go this spring. (Laura Glowacki/CBC)

Immediately after starting up House to Property, Sauvé said she swiftly recognized the require for crisis furniture for refugees in Ottawa. Some would in any other case go months sleeping on the ground even though waiting for beds, she claimed. 

“Our only demographic is refugees,” she stated. “We are that put that makes absolutely sure they have their household furniture immediately.”

Dwelling to Dwelling demands a house that is at the very least 10,000 sq. feet (all-around 900 square metres) with heat, doing the job washrooms, parking and a door large more than enough for loading and unloading furniture, explained Sauvé.

As of Tuesday, the firm experienced no presents for a new room.


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