Outreach Christmas

Outreach Christmas


Recently the Progressive Housing Societys Homeless Outreach Program and their volunteers held a Christmas Party at Southside Community Church . It was an event called Outreach Christmas. Approximately 125 people attended, 25 were staff and volunteers, 100 of which were people who are dealing with homelessness, some formerly homeless, some people who live nearby. Donated clothing, personal toiletry items, presents from Santa, games, raffle prizes, a hockey shoot, entertainment from the Casablanca Cowboys were all collected or purchased through the fund raising efforts of the Progressive Housing Societys staff and volunteers. The breakfast was provided by the Kingsley family of Burnaby, and catered lunch by A Seasonal Experience which was served by a host of volunteers including MLA Raj Chouhan and MP Peter Julian. Burnaby Councilor Paul McDonell brought donated socks and fleece sweaters for distribution. The December birthdays were celebrated with singing, cake and cards of well wishes.



During a season which many find emotionally challenging, people were able to talk with friends, feel welcome and respected, seek help from Outreach Workers or Health Care Professionals, and enjoy the experience of the Outreach Christmas. The appreciation expressed by many was heartfelt and contagious. The experience for many volunteers was emotionally moving¦.as they were able to assist and connect with people in attendance. People dealing with homelessness are people like any of us¦. someones daughter, son, sister brother, mother, father, sometimes grandmother or grandfather.  Genuine caring and support is needed and appreciated, even at Christmas.

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The Outreach Christmas is a special yearly event. The Outreach Resource Centre which operates each Thursday morning at Southside Community Church will recommence on January 8th. The Centre operates solely through donations.


Anyone wishing to donate clothing, food, money or wishing to volunteer at the Outreach Resource Centre can contact Progressive Housing at 604-522-9669 ext 317.



Donated clothing can be dropped off at Progressive Housing 7836 6th St Burnaby, the New Southeast District Community Police Office 7191 Arcola Way 604-656-3275 behind Highgate, or the office of MLA Raj Chouhan 7879 Edmonds 604-520-2756.



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