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Posted June 12 , 2013

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Philanthropy

Haven House, the Cambridge shelter for abused women and their children gets fresher face

Waterloo Region - Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region is proud to welcome Team Home Depot to Haven House on Wednesday, June 12 to help bring light and labour to Cambridge’s only abused women and children’s shelter.

"Home Depot is so honoured to be able to give our time and energy to help those in our community, and what better way than to use our skills make their home a better place to be," said Community Events Coordinator for Home Depot, Joanie Gedge.

Participating Home Depot staff and community volunteers will start early in the morning of June 12 preparing Haven House for a new coat of paint. With several hallways, common areas, and lobby, it’s going to be a big project. The Home Depot team has helped to source paint and supplies, and an energetic crew of volunteers.

Haven House has been in its current location since 1991 and provides 30 beds of shelter to women and their children fleeing abuse and violence in Cambridge and North Dumfries. Often at capacity, the home sees its share of traffic and wear from residents (half of which are children) and staff.

“This donation of time and talent is a very valuable way to support Haven House. Community partnerships are vital to our day to day operations and this is an outstanding example for others in the community to follow,” said Women’s Crisis Services CEO Mary Zilney. “On behalf of the women and children we serve, a warm thank you is extended to each of you; your generosity and commitment are sincerely appreciated!”

The project to rebuild Haven House at a new site in Cambridge will be announced in the upcoming months; in the interim it is important to ensure the current facilities are maintained for residents. For the next few years, we will still be providing shelter services to women and children fleeing violence and abuse in Cambridge at 562 Concession Road.

Home Depot staff has provided over 650,000 volunteer hours in the communities they serve. The local Cambridge store has partnered with many charities including Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region; Haven House.

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