Angie Brown met with Mayor Nancy Peckford last week.

A national organization called Shelter Movers will soon have a much stronger local presence. The not-for-profit organization provides moving and storage services, free of charge, to survivors fleeing domestic abuse. It was originally founded in Toronto, and has nine chapters across Canada, including one in Ottawa, which recently hired local resident Angie Brown to be its Rural Extension Coordinator for Leeds and Grenville. With that step, Shelter Movers will soon be much better equipped to help locals here in North Grenville.

Angie explained that while some services were offered to Leeds and Grenville people in need in the past, it is difficult, and sometimes unfair, to ask Ottawa-based volunteers to travel into rural areas to complete moves. Given that 90% of the labour completed by Shelter Movers is volunteer based, it has therefore been a challenge for the organization to provide much needed services locally until now.

Shelter Movers Ottawa currently moves 4-5 families per week. While, statistically, the organization mostly serves women and children, there is no discrimination. The service is available for all who experience domestic violence.

Locally, Shelter Movers is actively seeking volunteers, but Angie is not worried, she knows the local community will come through. “North Grenville is just so awesome,” she said.

Shelter Movers relies on other organizations to provide case management and referrals. Part of Angie’s current role is, therefore, building relationships with local community partners who can refer those in need to the organization, as well as service providers who can donate or provide low cost moving truck rentals or storage lockers. Angie is excited about Shelter Movers’ official introduction locally, since she knows it will help so many people. For example, those in need in North Grenville could receive free moving services to bring them and their belongings to Leeds and Grenville Interval House in Brockville.

In addition to procuring volunteers, Angie is currently focused on getting the Leeds-Grenville side of Shelter Movers up and running at a minimal cost, and she is also encouraging residents to donate to the cause. She explained that “everything is shared” within the Ottawa chapter of the organization (of which the Leeds-Grenville operation is a part), and everyone is treated equally.

Angie met with North Grenville Mayor, and Leeds-Grenville Warden, Nancy Peckford to introduce the concept of Shelter Movers last week. The meeting went well. “Expanding the crucial services offered by Shelter Movers into Leeds and Grenville is an important link in a chain of supports for those affected by violence and abuse in our communities,” the Mayor said. “What they offer is not just about moving belongings; it’s about moving lives toward safety and freedom. Together, with local support, we can empower individuals and families fleeing abuse to build brighter, violence-free futures.”

As Angie is the main point of contact for Shelter Movers in Leeds-Grenville, she encourages anyone to contact her directly if they have questions or can provide help. She can be reached by phone at 613-223-3979, or by email at angieb@sheltermovers.com. Donations to Shelter Movers can be made at sheltermovers.com/donate, and readers are also encouraged to keep up with the organization on social media.

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