IKEA donates a new ‘community living room’ for Dartmouth North

Imagine hosting 5,372 people and 1,944 children in your living room every year!

That’s how many people the Dartmouth Family Centre drop-in room sees annually, so it’s no wonder that the furniture has taken quite a beating.

Now, thanks to IKEA in Dartmouth Crossing, families and individual visitors will have access to comfortable new furniture, exciting new toys and innovative storage solutions.

“IKEA is contributing $2,500 in merchandise to this critical space for families and individuals and we are very grateful for their support,” said Wendy Fraser, Executive Director of Dartmouth Family Centre/Dartmouth North Community Food Centre.

A stack of gifts! Thank you to IKEA for not only giving our drop-in room a make over, but also for helping us put everything together!

A stack of gifts! Thank you to IKEA for not only giving our drop-in room a make over, but also for helping us put everything together!

Maria (Early Childhood Educator) holds up some of the new toys that will be used to spark imagination in Child Development.

Maria (Early Childhood Educator) holds up some of the new toys that will be used to spark imagination in Child Development.

Pizza anyone? One of the adorable new additions to our play kitchen!

Pizza anyone? One of the adorable new additions to our play kitchen!

The drop-in room is a comfortable space with sofas, toys and books, where parents and children can socialize and play together and interact with staff to access informal support on a variety of parenting-related or personal issues and topics.

This space also provides access to practical daily supports, from bread delivered by Feed Nova Scotia and a trading cupboard with food staples and toiletries, to wifi, fax and photocopy services for people in the broader community.

“We are proud to partner with Dartmouth Family Centre in creating a warm and welcoming space for community members to connect and access important services,” said IKEA Halifax Store Manager Sue Coulet. “IKEA strives to support our community and positively impact the lives of children and families.”

 IKEA delivered the donation directly to the Family Centre and brought a team of volunteers to set up the new items.

Thank you to our neighbours at IKEA!

The IKEA team with our Director of Partnerships, Anne-Marie, and our Executive Director Wendy, all on our brand new couch! Thank you!

The IKEA team with our Director of Partnerships, Anne-Marie, and our Executive Director Wendy, all on our brand new couch! Thank you!