At times like these, it is understandable that people want to support those in our community who are in need. As someone who has been a food advocate in this community for years now, I am extremely worried about the ability of our local organizations to meet community needs as this crisis unfolds. While it is an easy and quick reaction to provide support to large organizations like the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, we would like to encourage you to please consider supporting local community organizations that continue to operate and provide food programming and other supports in New Westminster during this pandemic. Organizations like:
Aunt Leah’s Place
Dan’s Legacy (food recovery efforts that are supporting local organizations)
Elizabeth Fry Society
Lookout Housing and Health
Lower Mainland Purpose Society (in need of volunteers and funding support and supplies for their Health Van)
Salvation Army 604.521.0363
Seniors Services Society (in need of volunteers and gas cards)
Union Gospel Mission 604.525.8989
And, please don’t forget those organizations that have temporarily suspended their food services and will need our support once they are able to operate again. We hope this will happen soon! Organizations like:
Holy Trinity Cathedral for their weekly Breakfast program.
St Barnabas’s for their weekly community lunch and food cupboard.
St. Aidan’s for their proposed new weekend food bank for community members who can’t access weekday supports.
Stay safe everyone,
NWHCS Coalition and Projects Coordinator
Are you a faith group or non – profit organization that provides services in New West? The City is forming a working group to develop strategies to support our most vulnerable folks. You can find all the info here.
Stay safe everyone, Betina
For all the details check out the updated flyer
Holy Trinity is also doing their famous Clothing Boutique on 55+ CONNECT Day. They are in need of seasonal clothing donations, especially things like rainwear, weather-appropriate footwear, new socks, etc. For more information on how you can help please view the flyer.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 604.351.0160. You can also complete the volunteer application.