November 30, 2023

UPDATE: On March 20, Property to Dwelling uncovered its landlord will make it possible for it to remain in its location on Ridgewood Avenue right up until the spring of 2024.

An Ottawa business that supplies asylum seekers with cost-free, gently used housing essentials is shedding its warehouse this spring. The founder suggests a new place is needed or it could close for great.

Suzi Shore Sauvé commenced Household to House in the tumble of 2020 out of her garage and stated she has since helped about 500 refugee households get settled in their new properties.

Sauvé at the moment merchants hundreds of donated things — from rolling pins to toasters and couches — at the outdated Place Grocer on Ridgewood Avenue around Mooney’s Bay.

The design enterprise that owns the building and donates the room to Sauvé ideas to redevelop the home and requested Property to Dwelling to go away this spring, she explained.

“We are hoping to force it as long as we can,” she reported. “We really want [a] new space so we can provide the subsequent 500 family members.”

A crowded shelf of donated kid's toys and supplies.
The previous aisle of the store is devoted to toys, home furniture and other tools for babies and older little ones. (Laura Glowacki/CBC)

Dwelling to Home runs on donations and Sauve’s individual money. Whilst refugees are not charged for the services, folks who donate furniture are questioned to include any supply prices.

Home furnishings for 1 bedroom, for instance, costs $275 to donate. Folks can contact Sauvé and drop off objects in person for no cost.

When refugees will need objects, they can guide an appointment and pick out the things they need to have.

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

Asad Rahimi came to Canada from Afghanistan a year and a fifty percent in the past and now will work at Dwelling to Dwelling with two other refugees. He estimates the team saved his spouse and children by itself up to $6,000.

“Which is not just me, that’s each individual refugee preserving from here,” he said.

“They are acquiring their kitchen, their mattresses, their sofas, eating set, microwave, iron, sometimes we are supplying manufacturer new stuff.”

A worker stands in an aisle between two full shelves of donated items.
Asad Rahimi stands in one of the aisles of House to Home at the old Country Grocer on Ridgewood Avenue. He now works at the centre that he stated assisted help you save his family members thousands of bucks when they arrived from Afghanistan in 2021. (Laura Glowacki/CBC)

When CBC toured the repurposed grocery shop previous 7 days, just about every aisle was packed to the rafters with spot options, kid’s toys, images, toss pillows and numerous other goods that finish a home.

Each individual aisle was arranged and committed to a diverse aspect of the home. 

Donated couches next to what used to be a meat freezer in a grocery store.
The previous meat refrigerator made use of to screen clothes, arranged by sort and dimension, but these items have by now been packed in bins, getting ready for a go this spring. (Laura Glowacki/CBC)

Right after beginning House to House, Sauvé said she immediately recognized the want for emergency home furniture for refugees in Ottawa. Some would or else go months sleeping on the ground even though ready for beds, she claimed. 

“Our only demographic is refugees,” she explained. “We are that spot that would make guaranteed they have their home furniture rapidly.”

Residence to House requirements a area that is at minimum 10,000 square feet (all over 900 square metres) with warmth, doing the job washrooms, parking and a door large plenty of for loading and unloading household furniture, reported Sauvé.

As of Tuesday, the business had no offers for a new place.


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