The Beautiful Home

This is the kind of story that makes this community such an incredible place.

A Barrie couple, Tim and Rhonda Kent, wanted to do something to assist women and their families with transitional housing in Barrie, a huge need.  They took a VERY run-down historic home in Barrie and have transformed it into housing units for women trying to get back on their feet after leaving abusive relationships.  Aside from helping fill such an important need in the community, this project took on a life of it’s own as they used their network of friends and supporting organizations to donate time, labour, and materials to make the project a reality.  The result is incredible, as you can see on their website (link below).

This project happened without any organization pushing them, without a program or a government grant – they just went and did it.

Reason #467,931 why I love this town!  Please give this a look and consider giving them your support.

Click here to visit their website.

About jefflehman
Jeff Lehman is the 46th Mayor of the City of Barrie. The Ward 2 Councillor for the City of Barrie from 2006 to 2010, he was the Chairman of the Finance Committee of Council, chaired the City’s Growth Management Working Group, and created the Historic Neighbourhoods project, a new initiative to protect and revitalize Barrie’s oldest neighbourhoods. Jeff has lived in Barrie for most of his life, having grown up in Allandale and attended Barrie Central Collegiate. Jeff holds a B.A. from Queen’s University, and a Master’s Degree with first class honours from the UK’s prestigious London School of Economics. He was hired to teach at the LSE following his graduation, and lived and worked in London for two years as an academic. Since that time, as an economist, he has worked with cities across Canada to manage redevelopment and invest in their urban infrastructure. In 2005, he established the Growing By Degrees Task Force to assist in expanding university education opportunities in Barrie, and has volunteered his time with many organizations in the City. Jeff lives near Downtown Barrie with his wife, Jennifer, a part-time professor of political science, and their young daughter Cassie, who is already smarter than her father.


2 Responses to “The Beautiful Home”
  1. Lisa Singh says:

    I had the privilege of touring this house recently with a friend…I am excited to see what God is doing in the city of Barrie. The Broken to Beautiful Project is an encouragement to those of us who are interested in serving the needs of the community ….homelessness, families, restoration of lives and the needs of vulnerable women and children!!!

  2. Sue Darlington says:

    I am thrilled to hear about this house! It’s been a dream that I have had so it’s good to know that it’s a possibility to be realized with property that we have!! We all need help at some point in our lives and it’s good to know that Barrie is a beautiful place filled with beautiful people who have a heart for the poor. I look forward to a tour!!

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