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Winnipeg, Manitoba - The right to shelter, to have a bed to sleep in, is a basic human right. Dufresne Furniture & Appliances is donating beds to Main Street Project for isolation units that will help provide safe shelter and a place for our city’s most vulnerable to isolate to slow the spread of COVID-19.
As people are being asked to practice social distancing protocols as part of a response to COVID-19, not everyone has the capacity to distance or isolate. Our city’s most vulnerable needs assistance now more than ever. Last week, the Province of Manitoba expanded shelters capacity to allow for social distancing protocols within the homeless community.
A vacant Manitoba Housing building is being converted to self-isolation units for those homeless who need it. Main Street Project is managing the isolation units and partnering with local shelters to coordinate access to the facility. Main Street Project issued a public call for donations to furnish the 39 isolation units. Dufresne Furniture & Appliances answered that call, donating beds and frames for all isolation units.
“As everyone is being encouraged to self-isolate, our hearts go to those that do not have access to housing or a bed to rest,” explained Mark Dufresne, CEO and President of The Dufresne Group. “At Dufresne, we know the benefit of a good night’s sleep. Giving the gift of sleep to our communities is our honor and our responsibility.”
In addition to the beds, Dufresne Furniture & Appliances partnered with Virgin 103’s Ace Burpee Show to coordinate full furnishings for two isolation units. Inspired and wanting to personally help more, Mark and Stephanie Dufresne also made a personal donation for two isolation units.
Main Street Project is a local non-profit working to provide a safe place of respite, shelter, and support for the city’s most vulnerable. Since 1972, the Main Street Project offers programming and services to help community members build stability. Learn how to help at https://www.mainstreetproject.ca/how-you-can-help/
Since 1986, Dufresne Furniture & Appliances has been the trusted source of quality home furnishings, appliances, and mattresses. Locally owned and operated, Dufresne has proudly donated hundreds of beds to the community through various programs. Visit Dufresne.ca for home essentials needed to ensure the safety, sanitation or operation of your home or businesses during this time.
For additional information contact Kelly Saunderson
Senior Marketing Manager, Dufresne Furniture & Appliances