Shelter Movers Ottawa will expand essential services in the Lanark County area

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On November 17, Shelter Movers will host a SoupShare event at Carleton Place Canoe Club to celebrate the expansion of services.

Shelter Movers Ottawa, an organization that provides free moving services to people in difficult circumstances, is now expanding its services to the Lanark County area.

Erin Lee, executive director of the Lanark County Interval Home, joined Sam Laprade’s show on Friday, October 28, and explained that the organization had been approached by Shelter Movers to expand into rural areas.

“We talked about the kind of diapering needs of people who live in rural areas, in terms of geography, in terms of the vastness of the reach of news and how it spreads in rural communities,” Lee explained. . “They were determined to be able to provide additional support to rural victims of violence and we were happy to work alongside them.”

Lee said Shelter Movers secured funding to provide safe and confidential moves to victims and survivors of violence specifically living in rural communities.

The expansion of Shelter Movers into rural communities is a sense of relief, Lee added, especially after the 2015 Wilno killings, which brought the problem of domestic violence to light.

While the organization continues to receive great support from the community, Lee said having a specially trained formal service to provide
confidential and safe services could be beneficial, especially for those looking to recover from difficult situations.

But Lee explained that “it’s not a one-size-fits-all solution” for Shelter Movers to expand into larger areas, but rather focusing on needs as well as upcoming challenges in rural communities, such as geography or limited resources.

“How do we invest in creating and nurturing these relationships so that we can make a difference in these rural-oriented communities?” said Lee.

On November 17, Shelter Movers will host a SoupShare event at Carleton Place Canoe Club to celebrate the expansion of services.

Listen to Erin Lee’s full interview below:

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