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Yarmouth-based YACRO Social Enterprises 'incredibly grateful' for grant from Enterprise Rent-A-Car

From left: Gerard Landry and Jeffrey Surette of The Store Next Door; Kevin Walker, executive director of YACRO; Jennifer Raynard and Jason Arsenault, both from Enterprise Rent-A-Car; Sandra Quesnel, program director with YACRO Social Enterprises. Enterprise Rent-A-Car is providing YACRO Social Enterprises with a grant and on June 11 representatives of Enterprise Rent-A-Car visited the downtown location where YACRO Social Enterprises is based.
From left: Gerard Landry and Jeffrey Surette of The Store Next Door; Kevin Walker, executive director of YACRO; Jennifer Raynard and Jason Arsenault, both from Enterprise Rent-A-Car; Sandra Quesnel, program director with YACRO Social Enterprises. Enterprise Rent-A-Car is providing YACRO Social Enterprises with a grant and on June 11 representatives of Enterprise Rent-A-Car visited and toured the downtown location where YACRO Social Enterprises is based. - Eric Bourque

A Yarmouth organization that makes furniture out of old hockey sticks is planning a renovation of its facility with eye towards displaying its furniture items.

Sandra Quesnel, program director with YACRO Social Enterprises, said they are going to create The Enterprise Room in recognition of a financial contribution from Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

The company has given $5,000, half of which is for The Store Next Door – where the furniture items are made – for its new display room. The other half is going to The Shanty Café, which will put their portion towards a commercial dishwasher.

The Store Next Door and Shanty Café share a building at 6B Central Street in downtown Yarmouth.

Enterprise will provide YACRO Social Enterprises with an ongoing grant.

Representatives of Enterprise Rent-A-Car visited the site last week and had a chance to tour the facility.

Quesnel said they are very appreciative of the support.

“YACRO Social Enterprises are trying to build sustainable employment for people with disabilities in Nova Scotia,” she said. “We are incredibly grateful that Enterprise has chosen our organization to support here in Yarmouth. We are fortunate to have been embraced by so many members of the business community, and it makes us incredibly proud to add Enterprise Rent-A-Car to the growing list of businesses recognizing the value of social enterprise here in Nova Scotia.”

YACRO stands for Yarmouth Association for Community Residential Options, a registered charity providing residential support in the Metro Halifax and Yarmouth areas to people with disabilities.

YACRO operates social enterprises that employ individuals who face barriers to employment (disability, mental illness, age, language, literacy, etc.).

At The Store Next Door in Yarmouth, old hockey sticks are being turned into various items, including tables, chairs, benches and hat/trophy racks and coat racks.

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