Urban Barn partners with shelters to help those in need feel a little more at home

VANCOUVER, Sept. 12, 2017 /CNW/ - Helping inspire and create beautiful spaces is something Urban Barn is passionate about. As part of its Shelter Rejuvenation Program, Urban Barn has transformed spaces in shelters from five different regions across Canada to help create a homier feel for visitors.

Urban Barn's Shelter Rejuvenation Project is a community-focused initiative aimed at refreshing an area in different shelters across the country. To create a bright and inviting place for visitors and staff, select rooms were updated with new furniture and accessories chosen based on new room designs created by Urban Barn staff.

"It is important for us to give back and support the communities where our staff live and do business," said Linda Letts, President, Urban Barn. "This initiative was developed to further engrain us into our community partnerships programs and to become an extension of our Blanket the Country in Warmth Program, which is now in its sixth year."  

"Other companies see what Urban Barn is doing, and they want to take something on; they want to help out," said Lisa Spinks-Smith from the Women and Children's Shelter of Barrie – one of the shelters Urban Barn worked with as part of the program. "When people come through our doors, they've been through quite an experience. Having a warm, comfortable space really helps their healing."

Urban Barn's Shelter Rejuvenation Project supported the following shelters:

  • Central Alberta Women's Emergency Shelter in Red Deer, Alberta
  • WIN House in Edmonton, Alberta
  • Covenant House in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Eva's Phoenix in Toronto, Ontario
  • Barrie Women & Children's Shelter in Barrie, Ontario

In addition to its Shelter Rejuvenation and Blanket the Country in Warmth programs, Urban Barn also runs its Give and Take program in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Through this partnership, Urban Barn removes old furniture from customers' homes with the delivery new furniture from Urban Barn for a nominal fee. The old furniture is brought back to Urban Barn's warehouse where it is carefully inspected to determine its condition. Eligible items are transported to Habitat for Humanity's ReStore locations for resell. All proceeds from Habitat for Humanity's ReStore program go directly into rebuilding homes around the community.

To learn more about Urban Barn and to locate an Urban Barn store, please visit www.urbanbarn.com.

About Urban Barn
Canadian retailer Urban Barn offers well-appointed furniture, home décor and accessories. With over 50 retail locations across the country, the Vancouver-based company first opened its doors in 1990 and continues to pride itself on offering a successful combination of value, quality & great design. For further information, please visit www.urbanbarn.com.

SOURCE Urban Barn

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