Challenges for Burnaby’s Most Vulnerable Citizens Increase During Winter

BURNABY – As members of the Burnaby Task Force On Homelessness the Extreme Weather Response Team works diligently to address the urgent needs facing Burnaby residents who are ill equipped to deal with the

challenges of winter season due to issues of extreme poverty and homelessness.

 

Burnaby’s Extreme Weather Response, located at Westminster Bible Chapel, 7540 – 6th Street, is open between October and April when the weather is deemed to be unsafe for people to be outside. During the 2011-2012 season to date the Burnaby Extreme Weather Shelter has been opened for 23 nights with 114 bed nights.

 

“For people in need of a safe, warm, dry place to sleep, the Burnaby Extreme Weather Shelter provides a welcoming and supportive refuge” said Wanda Mulholland, Co-Chair of the Burnaby Task Force On Homelessness.

 

“A hot nutritious meal is an important part of providing comfort to people coming in from the cold” stated Dave Brown, Lookout Society Coordinator for the Burnaby Extreme Weather Response.

 

The Response Team welcomes donations of prepared meals such as:  lasagna with bread and salad; hearty soup; ham or turkey dinners with potatoes and vegetables; shepherds pie; or pasta and tomato sauce.

 “These meals can be stored and frozen at the Lookout Society Russell Residence and Shelter at 740 Carnarvon Street in New Westminster until needed by Burnaby’s Extreme Weather Response” reports Dave Brown. If you are interested in donating food, please contact Kevan Oxley at 604-515-2728 or kevanoxley@hotmail.com

 

The most urgent needs for the Extreme Weather Response Team at this time include: food, warm blankets, winter coats, gloves, socks, boots and one zone transit fare savers.  Non food related donations may be dropped off at the Southeast Community Policing office behind Highgate at 7191 Arcola Way.

 

For more information, people are invited

to visit the Burnaby Task Force on Homelessness website at www.burnabyhomelesstaskforce.org

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