About six weeks ago the City of Abbotsford called us to let us know about the possibility of a home for rent right behind our existing home. Long story short, we’ve been able to negotiate a great deal and have signed the final papers giving us this amazing home for at least five years.
A first for families
And the best news of all is that this home will enable us to house refugee claimant families for the first time. We can house a family of up to 8 people upstairs and a family of 4 downstairs, plus we’ll have room for a host person who will help them navigate those early days in their new lives in Canada. It’s awesome.
Saved from demolition!
However, the house was scheduled for demolition and is in need of restoration – with everything from a new roof and windows, to appliances and paint. The yard – which is perfect for children – also needs clearing, brush cutting, fencing, turfing and more! (Read on to find out how you can help!)
Project management in place
We already have been blessed by extraordinary people to drive this new project forward. Chad Becher from MEC Developments and his team are going to head up the project management and coordination of the trades and the construction side of the project. He and his team are incredibly talented and have long experience in home restoration – we’re thrilled that they are involved.
Donations already coming in
We’re excited that our friends at The Home Depot Canada Foundation have already come on board with a donation of $5,000 to get us underway! Plus, we’ve already had a Garage Sale (which brought in another $1,000) and people lining up to volunteer. What’s more, we’ve also been given lots of furniture too. So we really can make this happen – and aim to open our new home to asylum seeking families in under six weeks.
We really need your help!
A project of this size can’t be done alone and we need help to get to the finish line. There are five ways you can get involved:
Join our Yard Clearing Work Party – Saturday October 13, 2018 from 9:00am
We need lots of willing volunteers with clippers, weed-whackers, loppers, etc. All you’ll need is a willing heart and hands and a good pair of gardening gloves. We’ll provide the rest! Please sign up to let us know you’re coming by clicking this link: Yard Clearing Work Party
Are you a skilled tradesperson?
The house needs restoration from top to toe. So we need the professionals to help us. We can provide tax donation receipts if you’d like to donate your time or services along with any materials. Specifically, we need plumbers, electricians, roofers, kitchen cabinet restorers, painters, carpenters / joiners to name but a few.
If you fit the bill and can provide your services, then please email us to tell us what you can do, and what you are able to provide as a donation. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Household furnishing and supplies
We can’t turn the house into a home, without stocking it properly. There are two kitchens, along with the bedrooms, bathrooms and living areas. So we are asking if you can help us with any of the following items:
Plates and mugs, cutlery, teapots, drinking glasses and serving dishes
Pots, pans, baking sheets and small kitchen appliances (mixers, kettles, toasters etc)
Kitchen knives and utensils
Flat screen TVs for the living areas
4 sets of adult size bunk beds and mattresses
A Queen size Murphy bed
Towels, face cloths etc
4 sets of queen size sheets – including pillows, sheets, cotton blankets and mattress covers
8 sets of single bedding – including pillows, sheets, cotton blankets and mattress covers
Comforters for the beds
Kids play equipment for the yard
Two large area rugs
Please email email@example.com with a list and photographs of what you are able to donate. We would ask that any item that you wish to donate is clean, in excellent condition and full working order.
Due to the limited space we have available, please DO NOT drop off anything unless you’ve emailed us first.
There are a couple of ways you can help – either donate on our website by clicking this link: https://www.inasmuch.ca/donate-now or dropping off gift cards for home furnishing stores such as Walmart, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Costco, IKEA.
Please pray for the smooth running of this project, for safety for workers, and that God will bless each and every person who comes through this new house – whether a volunteer, a contractor or one of the new families who move in. As our name indicates, whatever we do for the least of these, we do for Him.
Everyone on the Inasmuch team is excited to get this project underway and we are all so very grateful to our supporters, donors, volunteers and family members.
Thank you for whatever you can do to help us deliver the unique family approach of inasmuch to even more people who are fleeing from terrible circumstances to find refuge in Canada. You are making a big difference in the lives of very vulnerable people.