Hello! We are Leigh and Karen, the owners of highJinx! in Ottawa. HighJinx is a place where people can come in and feel welcome. While we do offer vintage items and beautiful products, we are much more like a home that helps people in need. Jokingly we call ourselves a dysfunctional family, but we are happy.
This all started because we worked in the traditional system and we were very frustrated with the boundaries and barriers we had to work within just to help others. Both of us wanted to find an easier way to help people, so we dreamt up this idea of a safe house and how we would fund it. We had applied for funding but we didn't fit into the funding streams mandates or boxes, and we didn't want to change the way we wanted to help people. So, over a bottle of wine, highJinx was born. We decided we'd gather up people's stuff and use that money to help people. With whatever they need.
Our feeding program is every Friday and we guarantee the community a meal. We have a food pantry that our neighbours can access daily. There is a furniture bank for anyone that is moving out of a shelter or off the street. We can give them what they need to start. People often come in here as customers and walk out as a friend to someone who came in needing help.
Anyone can come in, hang out, chat and meet people, or just help with the house: cooking, cleaning or preparing meals. There really is a sense of community here. We are neighbours helping neighbours. We are a family.
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