Not everyone is academically inclined. In 2004, our ministry took on a new dimension. Many of the young people we are in contact with have no desire to work with computers or spend the rest of their lives in an office. The thought of being a doctor, nurse or school teacher is defi- nitely out of the question; however, artistic creativity flows through most of these teens. With a little encouragement and training they are able to produce beautiful arts and crafts or amazing pieces of reproduction furniture.
“As a cabinet maker by trade, it excites me to be able to see the pride and confidence in a young person’s eyes when together we have been able to recycle a pile of old boards that were on their way to a trash bin and mould, shape and creatively turn them into a beautiful piece of furniture that has the appearance of having been created many, many years ago.”
Our Boutique, in front of the Shop gives our volunteers and our young people an outlet to sell their products. We also receive donations of candles, potpourri, jewelry, skin care products and stuffed animals etc. which are sold at a reduced cost to help fund the work we do… It’s a great place to pick up a special birthday or holi- day gift for someone and support the work at the same time. We are always looking for workers to keep our Boutique open, as the hours of operation depend on the availability of volunteers.