Sarnia’s ReFound store gets $50K boost from Alix Foundation

Sarnias ReFound store gets 50K boost from Alix Foundation

Sarnia-Lambton Rebound’s ReFound store in downtown Sarnia has received a $50,000 grant from the Judith and Norman Alix Foundation.

Sarnia-Lambton Rebound’s ReFound store in downtown Sarnia has received a $50,000 grant from the Judith and Norman Alix Foundation.

The funding for Rebound’s social enterprise store is among seven grants, totaling more than $297,000, announced by the foundation this week.

The grant will help cover with capital costs and add inventory at the store, said Maddisyn Fisher, Rebound’s fund development and marketing co-ordinator.

“The community has really come out to support ReFound and Rebound,” she said.

Individuals can bring used clothing to the store, opened recently at 161 Lochiel St., where staff will buy “high-quality brand fashion” items to stock the shelves, she said.

“It’s definitely a great opportunity for community members to come and support (Rebound) and also walk away with . . . a little bit of cash.”

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Fisher said the social enterprise “has been in the works for a couple of years now” to provide Rebound with sustainable funding.

“It was just a really big community initiative that came together,” she said.

Habitat for Humanity’s Handyman program, and other community members, carried out renovations. The store also received $147,900 from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, as well as other donations.

“It was just a phenomenal experience to witness everyone coming together and supporting Rebound this way, and making sure our social enterprise had the best start possible,” Fisher said.

Rebound, founded in Sarnia in 1984, runs programs for youth and is the lead agency for The Hub, a support service for youth ages 16 to 24 operated with community partners.

Other foundation grants announced this week include:

  • $25,000 for electrical upgrades to the fairground at the Brooke-Alvinston-Inwood Community Center Complex.
  • $85,000 to Habitat for Humanity Sarnia-Lambton to buy a cube truck to provide pop-up ReStore donation centers in rural Lambton County.
  • $57,391 to the YMCA of Southwestern Ontario for new natural playground space at the Jerry McCaw Family Centre.
  • $35,000 to the Sombra Museum to restore the Abraham Smith log cabin.
  • $25,000 to the Forest Fritter Friends for renovations to make its building fully accessible.
  • $20,000 to the Moore Agricultural Society for accessibility upgrades at the Brigden fairgrounds.

The Judith and Norman Alix Foundation has awarded more than $6 million to more than 50 community projects over the last three decades.

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