Campaign to provide kits to women as they start lives anew

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‘These kits will be individualized to meet the needs of everyone leaving the shelter’

TRURO – Starting fresh can be scary for women but a new campaign launched by the local transition house is hoping to alleviate some of that stress and fear.

‘Fresh Start for Her’ is a new project Third Place Transition House is hoping will enhance the ability of women and families leaving their facility.

“We’ve traditionally provided the very basic supplies to get them started in the home,” said Sandra McCulloch, chairwoman of the starting over kit campaign.

“Some people are starting fresh or are fleeing a situation,” said Alison Fulmore, campaign co-ordinator.

“This will allow us to improve upon and tailor what we give women so we can try to meet their specific needs,” McCulloch added.

Although the campaign hasn’t yet officially launched, already enough funding for about 30 kits has been raised, with each valued around $300.

“In the past, it was difficult to have the luxury of individualizing the kits, so our goal is to do that and enhance that starting over kit,” said McCulloch. “Third Place Transition House hosts a fundraiser every year, but it would tend to direct those funds to projects in-house, for example we were able to build a playground out back. This year, we wanted to direct those funds to the fresh start campaign.”

The organization has already seen a large amount of support from business, organizations, churches and individuals for this campaign.

One of those businesses assisting the initiative is Amanda Perrin with Tiffanies Hair Design.

“What Third Place Transition House does is a wonderful thing and it’s a great fundraiser,” said Perrin, adding a hairdresser’s main customer is female. “We thought this was the perfect match for us.”

She said hairdressers are known to be caring individuals and she’s hoping others in the profession will step to the plate.

“I’m issuing a challenge to all other hairdressers and salons out there,” she said.

Fulmore said Perrin is typical of who the transition house wants to engage in this campaign.

“Whether it’s an individual or a business, it could be a nice fit especially when there’s a group of women,” Fulmore said. “This campaign aims to reach different groups, whether it is a group of hairdressers selling raffle tickets or a bakery selling cookies. This is a real community effort. We’re coming together for our friends, our neighbours. A $300 commitment means a lot to a woman starting over.”

Sandra Falle, executive director of Third Place Transition House, said the number of women, whether single or mothers, leaving the facility is unpredicted.

“We had around 60 to 65 women and children last year,” she said, adding a single woman wouldn’t have the same needs in a kit as a mother.

“The last family we had leave was the mother and four children. These kits will be individualized to meet the needs of everyone leaving the shelter.”

With the funds raised, the kits could include a variety of items.

“You name it, it’s probably in there. It could be a grocery certificate or a certificate to Wal-Mart. There will be personal care items along with cleaning supplies – a lot of the things we take for granted,” said Falle.

“When we have nothing and try to get everything, it can be a challenge when you’re starting out new again.”

The campaign already has support from 11 different businesses or individuals, including huge support from Scotiabank and Harris Home Hardware.

“The support has been wonderful, and the community has been wonderful, and the campaign hasn’t even officially launched,” said Fulmore.

Those wishing to donate to the campaign, including sponsorships, can contact Alison Fulmore at 897-7950.

Twitter: @TDNRaissa

Organizations: Third Place Transition House, Fresh Start, Tiffanies Hair Design Wal-Mart Scotiabank Harris Home Hardware

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