Rescused and Restored sorely needed

Eagle's Nest Executive Director Debra Tigchelaar holds a mantle clock at Rescued and Restored in Freelton.

Eagle’s Nest Executive Director Debra Tigchelaar holds a mantle clock at Rescued and Restored in Freelton.

Lisa Grace Marr

The Hamilton Spectator

Debra Tigchelaar says Rescued and Restored is about finding treasures.

It is that – there are dozens of beautiful sets of china, dining room sets, comfy couches, even restored antiques, but there is another set of treasures benefitting from the ones going out the front door.

The Freelton used furniture store is a social enterprise and provides a welcome revenue stream for Drummond House, a supportive housing project for women who are recently separated or divorced. It features programming aimed at increasing life skills and healing.

“There was a need for a place to stop and heal and do that in a place of peace and support,” she said.

A local couple offered the use of a beautiful home in an apple orchard for that purpose. Tigchelaar said the store started as a way to disburse many of the furnishings donated to Drummond House years ago.

“We had this huge barn and the women could go out there and get some items they needed when they left, but eventually it just got so full,” she said.

Just when the walls were about to explode, there came an offer to use an empty storefront on Highway 6.

They opened shop and immediately started raising funds. The property was sold, and Rescued and Restored shifted to its current spot on Freelton Road, just off the highway.

Drummond House receives no government funding. Local churches, businesses and individuals support it through donations.

The store’s sales for 2013 topped $96,000 – more than double what the store brought in before it moved to its current location.

The overall organization is called Eagle’s Nest Association of Waterdown. To run Drummond House costs about $260,000.

The store is also used for skills development for women, helping them learn painting and restoring techniques with the items donated to the store.

That results in higher prices for the restored and repaired items and a shot in the arm to the woman who has the skill to do it, said Tigchelaar.

lmarr@thespec.com

For more information:

Drummond House: 905-689-1484 or visit www.drummondhouse.ca.

Rescued and Restored: 248 Freelton Rd., www.rescuedandrestored.ca or call 289-679-0481.

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