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“Renaissance is swarming projects, the employees are meeting new challenges with enthusiasm! Our socioprofessional services, supported by the teams at the work sites, are opening the doors for the participants who keep coming, with eyes filled with hope.”

Often when one organizes a celebration, we are often exhausted afterwards by the daily grind. At Renaissance, it was the exact opposite which occurred at the end of the year of celebration for the twenty years of service to people excluded from the workforce. Rather, this retrospective was inspiring as we were able to gauge the positive impact that Renaissance has had for thousands of people. So the Renaissance team certainly did not begin 2016 weary - the organisation is swarming projects, the employees are meeting new challenges with enthusiasm and their sleeves rolled up! Our socioprofessional services, supported by the teams at the work sites, are opening the doors for the participants who keep coming, with eyes filled with hope.
 
Keen to increase the quality and synergy of its training and the socioprofessional integration of people without jobs, Renaissance is currently working to develop training programs in partnership with employers. During this year, Renaissance opened two new Donation Centres, handy neighbourhood sites for the donors. We also opened two Bookstores/Donation Centres where one can give and browse for books.
 
The increase in donations did cause one “problem”. For a while, the Distribution Centre had reached its capacity and was becoming a hindrance to the new phases of development for Renaissance. The administration acquired an 115,000 square foot building, three times the size of the old place, and moved the warehousing and distribution there.
 
Everything that comes in must go out and consequently Renaissance has enlarged its sales area there. As in the former building, the new Distribution Centre has a Liquidation Centre where the unsold items from the stores find buyers. In addition to two new Bookstores/Donation Centres, Renaissance also inaugurated a new Fripe-Prix store in a building bought during the year. Thanks to these acquisitions the organisation is less susceptible to fluctuations in the rental market and can pursue its expansion strategy with one less worry.
 
With the opening of the new store, five new training spots were opened to allow for the socioprofessional integration of more participants.
 
Behind the scenes at Renaissance, there is a team who manages the recovery, transportation, treatment, and sale of eighteen million pounds of used goods. The growth of the organisation increases the already titanic mandate of the Operations and Supply Services, and Renaissance created two new positions: an assistant in Sales and an assistant in Supply and Transportation.
 
Renaissance is an organisation working for the community, and that would explain the population’s enthusiastic endorsement of its efforts. The community within the organisation is also one of warm-hearted people: employees, volunteers, Board Members, and partners - all dedicated and working alongside those who are our driving force, the participants.

Thank you to all.

Yvon Arseneault
President
Pierre Legault
CEO

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