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Wyndham House needs your help to pay for much-needed renovations

Youth shelter has launched the From Your Household to Ours fundraising campaign looking to raise $70,000 for needed renovation at one of its supportive homes
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Wyndham House needs your help.

The organization that provides supportive housing for youth at two locations in Guelph needs to renovate one of its supportive houses. But with COVID-19 comes a big fundraising challenge so Wyndham House is reaching out directly to the public.

“There’s been no fundraising this year,” said Kim Evershed, community fundraising coordinator with Wyndham House, told GuelphToday.

A big fundraiser planned had to be cancelled due to the pandemic.

“You can imagine, we’ve had over 700 youth come through the door since we opened … it’s just wear and tear on the property and it needs a big overhaul.”

The From Your Household to Ours campaign is looking to raise $70,00 that will be used specifically to do much needed renovations to the supportive house on Bellevue Street, including safety improvements and completely refurbishing the six bedrooms.

Since opening in March of 2,000, the Bellevue location has provided longer term housing for over 700 homeless youths between the ages of 16 and 24.

The house has had 100 per cent occupancy since it opened 20 years ago and it’s taken its toll on the building.

“It will be going to new safety enhancements, the walls, the floors, the baseboards, will all be installed with new upgraded safety materials and we’re redoing the six bedrooms – new beds and mattresses. We’re also going to be upgrading one of the bathrooms,” said Evershed.

Wyndham House also operates a supportive home on Suffolk Street.

They are hoping to get 2,800 donations of $25 to reach their goal, said Kim Evershed, Wyndham House’s fundraising coordinator.

“Our Bellevue Supportive Housing site is in urgent need of a complete overhaul with immediate safety improvements to restore, repair and install enhanced building materials to better meet the needs of the youth who call this home” says Debbie Bentley-Lauzon, Wyndham House’s executive director, in a news release.

For more information about the campaign or to donate, go here.