Libra House in Happy Valley-Goose Bay just got a big donation of furniture, appliances and kitchen items, which they say will make a big difference.
The items were donated by Nalcor, transported free of charge by a Labrador moving company, and were previously used at the Bull Arm site in Newfoundland.
Jessica Keating, executive director of Libra House, said the donation is a ‘huge help.’
“It’s extremely helpful for us because we’re a non-profit organization and our budget is pretty tight,” she said. “By receiving these donations we can give donations in return. For example, we are using one of the washing machine that we got from Nalcor and we could give our old one to the homeless shelter. Things like that. Normally Libra House is the recipient of donations so it’s really nice to be able to share with the community.”
Keating said they were able to provide new furniture for their residential apartments they have for families and help some people in need get newer furniture.
In November of 2017 Nalcor sent out a request for proposals for the items from the now defunct site and Libra House applied. They didn’t get everything they asked for but received other things they didn’t request and Keating said it was like Christmas morning finding out what they had received.
Getting the items from Bull Arm to Happy Valley-Goose Bay wasn’t an easy feat, either. Nalcor enlisted Hancock Movers, based out of Forteau, to donate their time and effort to help get the items to the shelter.
Junior Hancock, manager of the moving company, said when Nalcor contacted him about transporting the items for the shelter free of charge he didn’t hesitate.
“I didn’t mind helping them at all,” he said. “It was for a good cause so we did it free of charge. That would normally be an expensive move and I know Libra House probably couldn’t afford to have it shipped so we did it for them. Loaded up the full trailer and brought it up.”
Hancock wouldn’t say how much it cost him out of pocket but did say it wasn’t cheap. He was just glad to be able to help.
Keating said they always need donations as they are consistently busy and there are always people in need. The shelter is currently full, which is sadly not uncommon. A recent Statistics Canada report listed Happy Valley-Goose Bay as one of the worst communities in Canada in terms of rates of violence against women. Keating said that statistic doesn’t include unreported crimes, which are not uncommon.
“As bad as that stat is, we’re at capacity right now and none of those incidents are reported,” she said. “We’d be higher on the list if everything was reported.”
Keating said they would like to thank Nalcor for the donations and the moving company for helping get the items to them.
Libra House provides temporary crisis shelter in a cooperative and communal living arrangement and if you are a woman in need, contact them at 709-896-3014.