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Store Will Aid Herizon House

Store will aid Herizon House
Thu Sep 25, 2008
By: By Keith Gilligan
DURHAM -- Women fleeing abusive situations will get a new start with an initiative of Herizon
House and The Hearts of Durham.
New Starts from the Hearts will sell used and new clothing, along with household goods, with the
proceeds to benefit the abused women's shelter.
The store is in Pickering Village and opens to the public tomorrow, Sept. 27.
Having funds from such a venture is "very important, because we don't receive any extra money"
for items clients may need, such as clothing, school supplies for children or transportation, said
Catherine Carney White, the executive director of Herizon House.
Proceeds from the items sold are donated to Herizon House, Ms. Carney White said.
The Hearts of Durham began supporting Herizon House last year after the shelter approached
them, said Dana Baltovich, the chairwoman of The Hearts of Durham.
The decision was "based on what they do with the funds we raise for them," she said. "Every
year, we do an event for charity. Last year, all the proceeds went to Herizon House."
The store, she said, "is a hand up and not a hand out."
The Jacks and Jokers Benefit raised $58,000, she said, adding the next gala is set for April 18,
2009 and proceeds will go to the Durham Children's Aid Foundation, to provide money for
children in the CAS system.
The funds from the gala provided "seed money (for the store) that government money does not
provide," Ms. Baltovich said. "I think it's great. They really did their homework. They took their
time to analyze the potential.
"They feel it will be self-sufficient in 12 to 18 months. It's fabulous. They did their planning well,"
she said of Herizon House.
The store will also give women work experience, Ms. Baltovich said.
When women show up at the shelter, "Usually, they only have the clothes on their backs. They're
starting over," Ms. Carney White said.
Money from the store will cover expenses not provided by government funding. Last month, the
shelter provided funds for a woman and her children to relocate elsewhere, she said.
"We're helping the women get re-established. If you think about it, they're starting over from
nothing," Ms. Carney White said.
Bethesda House in Bowmanville also has a similar store, she said.
"We generally have to fundraise about 20 per cent of our budget, $150,000 a year," Ms. Carney
White said.
Items in the store will have "very reasonable prices. Most items will be between $5 and $10," she
There are 26 women and children staying at the shelter. "We just received funding for five more
beds, but we haven't implemented it yet."
The shelter generally has between 27 and 32 women and children, she said.
The new store will be at 566 Kingston Rd. (just east of Church Street) and will be open
Wednesdays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Donations can be dropped off between 10 a.m.
and 4 p.m. on Tuesdays, or by appointment.
Items available at the store include women's, teen's and children's clothing, shoes, personal
accessories such as purses, wallets, fanny packs and bags, bed and bath towels, sheets,
blankets, curtains, and tablecloths. Other items include housewares, jewelry, crafts, mugs, pots,
pans, candles, pictures/frames, utensils, small garden tools, china cups, vases, dishes, cutlery,
glassware, silverware, stemware, baskets, ornaments, hand tools, toasters, radios, power tools,
irons, blenders, mixers, small stereos and CD players.
For more information, call 905-683-4600 or visit