A Face of Homelessness

Maurice has lived in the Lower Mainland for the past 33 years and has worked in shipping and receiving in Burnaby for 15 years. This past fall he has been out of work, looking for a place to live in the Burnaby area. Living in his truck Maurice found life on the street to be very difficult. Maurice saw homeless people beaten up by strangers for no other stated reason other than that they were homeless. He slept with one eye open, worried that he might be hurt or his things stolen. He was hungry and cold and concerned about how he would survive. When his truck was confiscated Maurice was without his every possession and needed to start over. He sometimes came to the soup and sandwich nights offered by the Salvation Army, the Outreach Resource Centre by Progressive Housing and when the weather was very cold he stayed at the Extreme Weather Shelter in Burnaby. Maurice appreciated when people could respect him as a person because he knows anyone can be down on their luck. Maurice has a softer, more relaxed look on his face now. Maurice has his own place and can sleep peacefully at night without the pressures of the street thanks to the help of the Outreach Workers at Progressive Housing, and BC Housing.

The Outreach Resource Centre operates on donations. If you wish to give please contact Progressive Housing at 604-522-9669 ext 317. Donated clothing can be dropped off at Progressive Housing 7836 6th Street or the New Southeast District Community Police Office 7191 Arcola Way 604-656-3275 behind Highgate. At this time there is a need for mens shoes and pants, fare saver bus passes and toiletries.

A Message from the Burnaby Task Force on Homelessness

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