Volunteers needed – New West Homeless Count

The goals of the 2020 Homeless Count are to obtain a reliable estimate on the number of people experiencing homelessness, to obtain a demographic profile of those individuals through the count survey, and to identify long-term data trends of homelessness in the region.  It is extremely important for our community to be represented in these findings as Governments, funders and community agencies rely on data from homeless counts to help make informed policy and program decisions.

The Homeless Count is happening March 3rd and 4th; with the shelter count (enumerating individuals experiencing homelessness that are sheltered) taking place on the evening of March 3rd  and the day time street count (enumerating individuals experiencing homelessness that are unsheltered) taking place on March 4th. 

We are still in need of volunteers (4-hour shifts) to help with the count on the 4th. If you are interested, the New Westminster volunteer training is happening on Tuesday, Feb 18th from 6 pm to 8 pm at Holy Trinity Cathedral.

To register you can contact the Count Coordinator Julie via email at homeless2020@outlook.com or phone at 604.351.0160. You can also complete the volunteer application.

NEW THIS YEAR: 55+ CONNECT Day on Feb 27, 2020

Are you 55+? Do you need to learn about support services in the community? Well, this is the day for you!
 

Come enjoy a community breakfast put on by the folks at Holy Trinity Cathedral and then wander through the gym and visit a wide variety of service provider tables. Canada Revenue Agency will also be onsite with their volunteer community tax preparers so you can even get your taxes done for FREE.

For more information, or if you are a non- profit service provider that caterers to the 55+ age group and would like to participate, contact Betina at admin@nwhomeless.ca

 
Thursday, Feb 27, 2020
Community Breakfast 8 to 9 am
Service Provider CONNECT Morning 9 am to noon
Holy Trinity Cathedral
514 Carnarvon St., New Westminster

It’s not too late to purchase tickets for the 12th annual Fundraiser!

Tickets will be available on Eventbrite until noon (Transforming the Community to Inspire Action) and some tickets will be available to purchase at the door. Doors open at 5:30 for appetizers and mingling; Program starts at 6:30.

It is going to be a great night of music, food, and inspiration!

Not to mention you can support the Coalition by taking part in the 50/50 draw, silent auction, and <$25 table!

It is Homelessness Action Week in New Westminster

We launched the week on Saturday with a HAW proclamation at the homelessness Awareness Community Walk which also included a Yarn bombing in Moody Park and large quantities of warm knitted items collected in the community.

Them the UGM did their famous thanksgiving community lunch; not once but twice on Thanksgiving Monday! 

Today, October 15th, we saw over 60 people enjoy a Community Breakfast served by the parishioners of Holy Trinity Cathedral, community volunteers, local politicians, NW Police and local students. Then at CONNECT Day, 19 local service providers came together under one roof to provide information, food, and services to those in attendance! We saw:

  • Public Health Nurses provide 43 flu shots
  • BC Nurses Union and BCIT Nursing student check the blood pressure of 23 people
  • 7 people have their income tax prepared – one person filing 10 years’ worth of claims!
  • 4 people have their hearing tested
  • Stress being relieved through massage
  • Many people receive information about local services 
  • Lots of pie, pastries, and coffee eaten thanks to the Union Gospel Mission!

All the while we networked, chatted and were entertained by local musician Pernell Reicher!

The week is only half over and we still have:

  • World Food Panel Discussion to recognize World Food Day at the River Market on Wednesday, October 16 at 7 pm.
  • Transforming the Community to Inspire Change, the Coalitions annual fundraiser at the Columbia Theatre. Tickets are $75 and available through Eventbrite.
  • A film screening of US & THEM at Holy Trinity Cathedral at 7 pm on Friday, October 18th. Doors open at 6 pm with free refreshments being served. FREE tickets available on Eventbrite.

Happy #HAW2019!