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Sophia’s Story

Sophia's Story“I’ve got nowhere else to go.” For years, Sophia has been working 2 jobs to keep up with the bills. But after the holidays, she started getting fewer shifts at the store and ended up short on rent one month, then another. She found herself having to...

NIMBY to Neighbour

It's almost YIMBY Week 2021! To prepare, we are sharing some additional resources that will help you champion YIMBYism within your own network. First, Your Why First, it's important to know your why. Our "official" why is "because everyone deserves a safe, affordable,...

Anna’s Story

​When I started the non-profit After the Curb I never thought that one day I would be working as the Managing Director of Barrie’s first Furniture Bank. In fact, I didn’t even know what a “Furniture Bank” was. I had also never heard of...

More Furniture Bank Excitement

​There are so many exciting things happening with the Furniture Bank these days that it warrants a whole blog post!But first, a thank you. Two big funding approvals this year have allowed for this growth to meet the need in our community: a 3-year Poverty...

Volunteering at Redwood

This is a guest post written by our new Volunteer Coordinator, Tanya Saari. We are thrilled to have Tanya come on board to help us get more organized and make the Redwood volunteering experience the best it can be! Hello! My name is Tanya Saari, and I’m the new...

Ms. Lucy Pino

This is a guest post by Sara Peddle, Executive Director of the David Busby Centre.  When Sean Richardson heard about the naming of Lucy's Place, he sent Sara this photo that he had taken. It is believed to be one of the last photos of Lucy, taken in 2014. ​...

Rainbows and Unicorns

Not so long ago, I had an uncomfortable but necessary conflict with a friend.  She pushed away my attempt to reconcile with her afterward, saying, "I guess my life just isn't all rainbows and unicorns."   I went away...

The Family we Choose

“Sometimes the family we make for ourselves is more important than the family we are given.” Family has been the foundation of society for millennia, the source from which we draw our name, our security, our identity.  Many...

The Broken Window

Have you ever heard of the broken window effect?   ​There's this theoretical neighbourhood--it's clean and pretty and everyone's friendly.  But then, through some accident, a window gets broken.  It's just a little...

Staying open

There’s this thing about living life with people—sometimes you get burned. When that happens it’s tempting to close up shop, shake the dust off our feet, and give up.  The next time someone needs help, there’s that nagging...

Tell us your story!

We’re collecting stories from our donors, volunteers, current and past residents, Second Suites landlords, and Furniture Bank clients, and we want to hear from you!

Did you have a great experience volunteering?
Why do you give to Redwood?
How has Redwood helped you and/or your family?

Share your story, and we’ll use it to inspire others. Click the button to go to the Google form we are using to collect stories. You can upload photos and videos, too!

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