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Source Edmonton Supporting Kids Kottage

If you’re familiar with Source you know we love getting involved with charities in our communities. Source Edmonton has built a special relationship with Kids Kottage, and we recently helped this amazing foundation spruce up its offices.

Kids Kottage provides an invaluable service, working to keep families together before Social Services has to step in. They will care for children for up to 3 days at a time during a crisis, while also helping parents get back on track, and their success rate is a whopping 98.5%! But because Kids Kottage focuses its attention on helping the children and families who need it, NONE of the money it raises goes towards its own work spaces. When Source’s Director of Sales, James Sheppard, and Edmonton Sales Manager Aaron Saunter visited Kids Kottage’s facilities they discovered the building hadn’t seen a fresh coat of paint in 17 years and the carpet was even older. The furniture, which had all been donated, was likewise showing its age. James and Aaron immediately knew they had to help.

They took measurements, drew up a floor plan, and selected furniture for the space. But Aaron quickly realized that to make a significant difference, the office needed a complete overhaul. The hard working staff at Kids Kottage had sacrificed their own comfort for years for the sake of their clients, and it was time they enjoyed a nicer place in which to change lives. So Aaron committed to also having the offices repainted and the floors redone.

Blake Manning, one of Source Edmonton’s Outside Sales Reps, donated supplies and crew from his own Manning Brothers Painting, and other Source employees volunteered their time to pitch in with the work. Home Depot also stepped up with a donation of flooring–complete with installation–to bring the whole project together. The transformation, as you’ll see in the photos below, was incredible.


Before (L) and after (R)

Before (L) and after (R)


…and after!

The best part of this renovation, of course, was seeing the response of all the people who work there — and there were some tears!

We’re incredibly proud to support the Kids Kottage Foundation, and this particular project meant a lot to our entire team.

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