Moncton Ukrainian Club to offer temporary refugee housing in former church – New Brunswick
The Ukrainian Club of Moncton is renovating the basement of a former church to present temporary housing to Ukrainian newcomers.
Natalia Haidash, on the chief committee, mentioned “there can be seven rooms downstairs, with two full loos, and a fantastic large group kitchen. We are able to place up to 30 folks on the identical time there.”
At the moment they’re utilizing the basement on the website of the former St. Andrew’s Presbytarian church in downtown Moncton to kind via donations for newcomers.
They started working as a drop-off website on Tuesday, after native entrepreneur Roméo Goguen provided them the house hire-free.
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Haidash mentioned they had been instantly overwhelmed by donations of housewares, clothes and kids’s toys.
“We began truly asking newcomers to please come get these items as a result of we don’t have house,” she mentioned.
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The Ukrainian Club has a second warehouse for storage already, whereas sustaining their drop-off website on the YMCA in the North Finish.
“It’s two completely different tasks,” Haidash mentioned. The YMCA drop-off is for donations to go to Ukraine, whereas the brand new drop-off website is for donations for newcomers to Moncton.
Volunteers like Tania Lasaga-Mallaley had their work reduce out for them because the donations saved piling up on Saturday morning.
“It’s actually nice, you get to meet lots of people right here and share tales, and perceive their tales, and welcome them to Canada. It’s superior,” she mentioned.
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Donors like Moncton’s Christian Arseneault got here to unload their trunks.
“The easiest way we thought we may assist out was cleansing our home, taking a look at what the children weren’t utilizing and giving it to another children that might use it,” he mentioned.
Haidash mentioned newcomers are coming each day to decide up donations, and the best wants presently are for clothes hangers, cabinets, and something that may very well be used to retailer and arrange donations.
She encourages these in donating gadgets or volunteering their time to seek the advice of the Ukrainian Club’s Fb web page or contact them immediately.
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