3 easy ways to contribute to Vancouver shelters

At 12:45pm, Vancouver City Councillor Andrea Reimer released information about all four winter shelters in Vancouver reaching capacity. Local politicians are inviting Vancouver citizens to contribute small items that can make a big difference!

 

3 easy ways to contribute:

 

1) Toys and food: All Vancouver fire halls are accepting non-perishable food items for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, and new, unwrapped toys for children for the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau.

 

2) Clothing: The Gathering Place at 609 Helmcken, which offers programs and services to low income and at-risk adults and youth in the Downtown South, is also accepting donations of clothing. Items needed include socks, shoes, gloves, and blankets.

 

3) Direct shelter donations: If people want to directly donate to the shelters, they can drop off donations of socks, razors, towels and new underwear at the Triage Shelter, located at 707 Powell.

 

 

In addition to providing hot meals and a warm bed, these shelters also provide opportunities for homeless citizens to transition into more stable living conditions.

 

“These shelters are critical for making sure people are safe this winter and are connected with services that can help them into new homes,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “They are not a permanent solution, but the shelters can be the first step for getting people off the street and into a warm, safe place to sleep.”

 

“Last year, we saw over 40 people move from our winter shelters into permanent housing. They are making a real difference.” said Robertson.