Behind The Scenes

The Urban Barn Shelter Rejuvenation Program

Helping inspire and create beautiful spaces is something Urban Barn is passionate about. As part of our Shelter Rejuvenation Program, we were given the opportunity to transform spaces in shelters from five different regions across Canada to help create a homier feel for visitors.

We are truly grateful for the amazing support that shelters across Canada give to their communities. We visited these five incredible shelters:

  • Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter in Red Deer, Alberta
  • WIN House in Edmonton, Alberta
  • Covenant House in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Eva’s Phoenix in Toronto, Ontario
  • Barrie Women & Children’s Shelter in Barrie, Ontario


Our Coquitlam store team helping out the Covenant House rejuvenation


The Shelter Rejuvenation Project is a community-focused initiative aimed at refreshing an area in different shelters across the country. To create a bright and inviting place for visitors and staff, select rooms were updated with new furniture and accessories chosen based on new room designs created by your local Urban Barn staff.

“It is important for us to give back and support the communities where our staff live and do business,” said Linda Letts, President, Urban Barn. “This initiative was developed to further ingrain us into our community partnerships programs and to become an extension of our Blanket the Country in Warmth Program, which is now in its sixth year.”

“When people come through our doors, they’ve been through quite an experience. Having a warm, comfortable space really helps their healing.” – said Lisa Spinks-Smith from the Women and Children’s Shelter of Barrie.


The Blanket The Country in Warmth program launches on October 5th. To get involved, please use the #BlanketTheCountry tag on Twitter with your warm wishes and donate via


blanket the country, #blanketthecountry, urban barn


In addition to its Shelter Rejuvenation and Blanket the Country in Warmth programs, Urban Barn also runs its Give and Take program in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Through this partnership, Urban Barn removes old furniture from customers’ homes with the delivery new furniture from Urban Barn for a nominal fee. The old furniture is brought back to Urban Barn’s warehouse where it is carefully inspected to determine its condition. Eligible items are transported to Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore locations for resell. All proceeds from Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore program go directly into rebuilding homes around the community.

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