Local women and families receiving support from Battlefords Interval House will now have a little extra help when they move out.
Sunco Drywall Ltd. donated a large quantity of lightly-used furniture to Battlefords Interval House. The company was one of the contractors involved in the new Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford's construction. Their workers were residing in the Battlefords temporarily for about a year while working on the project, so Sunco purchased a variety of new beds, tables, couches and other furniture for its crews to use while they were living here. Now that the crews have finished their work, the company wanted to donate all the furniture to a good cause.
Mike Boyle, supervisor and safety officer with Kelowna-based Sunco Drywall Ltd., said the furniture is very lightly used.
"It's in pretty good condition, so they are going to be very happy," he said. "Our company is a very family-oriented company. The owner Dennis Bigham and Lenna Bigham, his sister, they really believe in charitable organizations."
He said the company appreciates the work Battlefords Interval House does helping women and families.
Lenna Bigham said the company wanted to help the local cause, adding the donation was a good way "to give back to the community."
Battlefords Interval House interim executive director Krista Abbott said the furniture donation was a great gift to the women accessing the Battlefords Interval House's services. The donation will help clients move on and set up new homes of their own, she said.
"It's awesome," she said. "It's just what our girls need. A lot of our girls when they leave Battlefords Interval House are moving on, but they have come to us with nothing so when they leave they have nothing. A lot of them are sleeping on floors with no couches, no tables, so this will help them a lot."
Battlefords Interval House is a non-profit women's shelter located in North Battleford that helps clients in need. The facility has 15 beds and is staffed 24-hours a day. The organization offers women and children safe, temporary refuge and support, as well as assistance in finding housing. Many of the residents have come from abusive family violence situations and many also have children with them.
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