The Ukrainian Membership of Moncton is renovating the basement of a former church to present short-term housing to Ukrainian newcomers.
Natalia Haidash, on the chief committee, mentioned “there will probably be seven rooms downstairs, with two full loos, and an excellent big neighborhood kitchen. We are able to place as much as 30 individuals on the similar time there.”
At present they’re utilizing the basement on the web site of the previous St. Andrew’s Presbytarian church in downtown Moncton to type via donations for newcomers.
They started working as a drop-off web site on Tuesday, after native entrepreneur Roméo Goguen provided them the house rent-free.
Haidash mentioned they have been instantly overwhelmed by donations of housewares, clothes and kids’s toys.
“We began truly asking newcomers to please come get these things as a result of we don’t have house,” she mentioned.
The Ukrainian Membership has a second warehouse for storage already, whereas sustaining their drop-off web site on the YMCA within the North Finish.
“It’s two totally different initiatives,” Haidash mentioned. The YMCA drop-off is for donations to go to Ukraine, whereas the brand new drop-off web site is for donations for newcomers to Moncton.
Volunteers like Tania Lasaga-Mallaley had their work lower out for them because the donations saved piling up on Saturday morning.
“It’s actually nice, you get to fulfill lots of people right here and share tales, and perceive their tales, and welcome them to Canada. It’s superior,” she mentioned.
Donors like Moncton’s Christian Arseneault got here to unload their trunks.
“One of the best ways we thought we may assist out was cleansing our home, what the youngsters weren’t utilizing and giving it to another youngsters that might use it,” he mentioned.
Haidash mentioned newcomers are coming each day to select up donations, and the best wants at present are for clothes hangers, cabinets, and something that might be used to retailer and set up donations.
She encourages these occupied with donating gadgets or volunteering their time to seek the advice of the Ukrainian Membership’s Fb web page or contact them straight.
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