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Volunteers with Habitat for Humanity Victoria tie the knot where they first met


A match made in heaven!

Two Habitat for Humanity volunteers got hitched this Monday, April 25th at the place they first met in Langford at Westshore ReStore. 

Eric and Denise Christensen exchanged vows in a ceremony which was officiated by a friend and Habitat Victoria’s volunteer coordinator, Charlie Lake. 

Friends, family and other Habitat Victoria volunteers came out to celebrate their union and the cause that brought them together in the first place.

“You can find anything at the ReStore… even love,” said Eric.

He has been a steadfast volunteer for the organization, reaching 2,000 volunteer hours faster than any other volunteer. 

The unorthodox wedding locale came to them by happenstance — they were looking for a small, simple wedding but the folks at the ReStore found out they needed a venue and offered up their location as a solution. 

The Habitat Victoria crew came together, along with the Christensens and they put together a proper wedding for the couple who met through them. 

(Habitat Victoria)

Habitat Victoria was founded in 1990, and has built 34 homes and helped 38 families in the Capital Region District to date.

The non-profit organization is funded in part by donors and is volunteer-powered with the goal of bringing safe and affordable houses to Victorians who need them the most. 

ReStore is a branch of Habitat Victoria which makes it affordable for families to find furnishings for their homes at a decent rate.

Many of the people working at the Westshore ReStore are volunteers by their own will, or they are recipients of the goodwill Habitat Victoria offered them and they are giving back their time to the community through the organization which helped them. 

“Habitat Victoria is all about bringing communities together to build strength, stability and independence, and at the heart of any community are its people. Similarly, within our organization, we could not do what we do without our incredible team members and our team of volunteers,” said Frank Baker, Director of Retail Operations at Habitat for Humanity Victoria.

“Today’s wedding at our ReStore of two volunteers who met, volunteered and fell in love in that very same ReStore, only strengthens our idea that if you bring good people together, they can change the world; one family and one community at a time.”

Curtis Blandy

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