Hope’s Home hosts first annual trade show

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The Prince Albert branch of Hope’s Home held its first annual trade show on Saturday.

Following a garage sale that took place in previous days, the trade show sought to raise money for the medically integrated early learning centre.

“In the last little while we decided to do some last-minute events,” director of operations Jena Baldrey said.

“We had our garage sale and then this trade show as well. What we were hoping to do with these funds was just to enhance operations here in Prince Albert.”

The idea of the trade show arose from a discussion with the Hope’s Home fundraising team in Regina regarding viable ways to raise money during the summer months.

Both the garage sale and trade show seemed like appealing events for the time period.

“Although sometimes you don’t know if it’s the best time in the summer, when people are at the lakes and whatever else, we thought we would try it out and see if we could get some vendors out,” Baldrey said.

“Also, just when people come through, then they get to see our centre. We wanted to have something in-house.”

Funds raised from the garage sale and trade show will go towards a variety of areas at the facility, such as a pair of doors in the gym that need to be replaced.

Backyard improvements are another point of concern, given the area’s need for landscaping.

The main goal of the fundraising, however, was providing money for the Hope’s Home respite area.

Expected to open in the coming months, the respite area provides rest and relaxation for families of children with medical needs.

“We’d have a nurse and an early childhood educator here to keep children for (a period of time) -- whether it be two nights or a few days -- so that parents can get a little bit of a break, and that’s what a lot of these fundraising efforts will go towards,” Baldrey said.

Expansion is always a desired goal for Hope’s Home. When the Prince Albert facility opened in March 2013, it began as a 44-space day-care centre. Later, it expanded to 90 spaces.

Yet just as important as increasing the number of spaces has been expanding the services provided for families and the community.

What we were hoping to do with these funds was just to enhance operations here in Prince Albert. Jena Baldrey

“Eventually we would be looking in as well into 24-hour care,” Baldrey said. “Right now we can’t staff for that kind of demand, but we are looking to provide some 24-hour care as well as transition care to the community through social services and other agencies that work closely with children.”

To raise money for such goals, Saturday’s trade show charged $40 per table for vendors as well as a $2 admission fee.

In all, 16 vendors were present at the inaugural trade show.

One such vendor was independent distributor Myrna Lazaruk-Chubey, who could be seen selling products from the health and skin-care line It Works.

“I know some people here at Hope’s Home and we thought (we would) come and give Hope’s Home some business, because they’re a good place for the community,” she said.

Following the trade show, Baldrey reported that Hope’s Home raised a total of $2792.25 from the garage sale and trade show combined.

An additional influx of funds came from a woman who was going to use Hope’s Home as a respite for her son before his recent death from cancer.

“She generously donated $1,000 in her son’s name to Hope’s Home!” Baldrey wrote via text message. “We are forever grateful and humbled by her amazing gift.”

Despite the success of their summer fundraising events, Baldrey noted that Hope’s Home may tweak its trade show planning in the years to come.

“Whether it be at the same time or not, I think that we would probably put on a trade show yearly,” she said.

“It’s just maybe we would re-think the timing of it,” she added, suggesting Hope’s Home might host a show in the fall, or perhaps rotating the event by hosting it in different seasons each year.

“It’s definitely a possibility to continue through.”

Organizations: Prince Albert

Geographic location: Regina

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