It’s a testament to their passion for the Sarnia community that Gary and Tammy Vandenheuvel, owners of Preferred Towing and “stars” of a Discovery Channel TV show, that the couple inked a deal to buy the former ABC Daycare facility on London Road before Sarnia City Council rezoned the property for the purpose they purchased the property.
That was to set up apartments for transitional housing for youngsters aged 16 to 24 year old who might otherwise be homeless or dealing with uncertain housing situations.
But now that City legislators have voted in favour of the rezoning, the Vandenheuvels are moving forward with plans to renovate the property.
They’ve set up a corporation separate from their business to handle the project and while it’s not yet a registered charity, it’s clear from speaking with the couple that this is very much something that they see as giving back to their community.
In this special episode of Spotlight, Lambton Shield editor J.D. Booth speaks with the Vandenheuvels about plans for a Jan. 2 event they hope will help raise funds for moving the transitional housing project forward.
The event takes place at the Polish Hall, located at 173 Exmouth St, Sarnia, and runs from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The feature of the event will be an exclusive screening of Season 2, Episode 1 of “Heavy Rescue: 401.” Admission is $20 per person and food and a cash bar are planned as well as a silent auction for various pieces of merchandise related to the TV show. Tickets are available at the Preferred Towing office, 46 Indian Rd. South, Sarnia.