In February 2021, Carman Vision Services raised funds for the Backdoor Youth Centre expansion project. A portion of every frame sold was donated, in company with the generosity of Dr. Brooks Barteaux, who made a donation when inspired by the project. In total, $1500 was raised towards the initiative.
The Back Door Youth Centre has been caring for the students of Carman and the surrounding areas for over 30 years! The non-profit organization plays an active role in the community, providing a safe place for students to drop in and feel cared for.
When asked why they chose to contribute, owners Drs. Jessica Lautenschlager and Tio Bellisario gave the following statement. “The importance of having a community, or a place to belong, became very evident to all of us throughout 2020. We felt that The Back Door Youth Centre provides the young people of Carman and the surrounding areas a sense of community, and a safe space in difficult times. We are happy to have been a part of this initiative.” Dr. Barteaux added that he got the idea to get involved in the fundraising due to YFC’s compelling brochure, which listed their plans for the new facility.
In an interview with the Carman Standard, Dr. Barteaux said “Anything that can foster volunteerism and community spirit is worthwhile. It seemed like a good opportunity and a great thing to get behind.”1. The Back Door is still raising funds to reach their goal of 1 million for their new facility.
- (Becca Myskiw.(March 4, 2021). “Carman Vision Services donates a portion of sales to Back Door” Carman-Dufferin Standard. PP. A3).