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First Met’s Evolving Church Team has started a project to build “tenant starter kits” for people who are transitioning from shelters or supportive housing into their own permanent housing. The move into market housing means that these folk need the essential household items to set up their own “forever homes."

We thank the First Met Spiritual Care and Wellness Team for its donation of $1,000  toward this project.

Our Place has created a list of needed items that will help people get settled into their new homes. A small group from the Evolving Church Team has begun collecting donated items and First Met has generously agreed to provide storage space for the kits. Our Place will pick them up as individual tenants’ housing is confirmed. 

For information, please call Joan Mickelson at (250) 385-4033.

In addition, financial donations towards this project are welcome and a process for designating monetary gifts has been set up. 

If you would like to contribute individual items toward this project, here’s what you can do:

1. Financial donations — Mail a cheque, payable to First Metropolitan United Church. Please write “tenant start kits” (TNT) in the memo line to ensure your donation goes to the correct fund.

  • Evolving Church will arrange for these funds to be used to purchase items needed to complete the kits.

2. Donation of household goods — beginning June 1.

Donated items should be new or in like-new condition. 

  • Refer to the Our Place list (see link below) to find out what items are needed. You do not have to fill out the entire list - individual items are needed.
  • Bring your items to the church, where Evolving Church Team members will receive them at the Balmoral entrance.

Our Place tenant starter kit list 

Donations will be received on Tuesdays, 10:15 am – 12:00 pm and Thursdays, 12:00 – 2:00 pm. It is essential that you phone the church office (250-388-5188) at least one day in advance to notify us of your drop-off day and approximate time. Volunteers will be there to receive your gifts only if we know the day when you plan to bring them.

Donors will not enter the building; donations will be received at the door.

If you have items to donate but are unable to deliver them to the church, please let the office know. A volunteer can be arranged to pick up your items. 

Many thanks from the Evolving Church Team for any help you can give to this important project!