Minutes for Mission 2019 – We are Family

Minutes for Mission 2019 – We are Family


The main core programs at our place
are the meals. We serve over 745,000
meals last year and over 14,000 showers and so a big part of
that is meeting people where they’re at. And the medical room is something that we actually, we saw a need for it. We found that a lot of our family members, they
wouldn’t access services even though services were close by. Well we see in a
typical 2 hour session that we’re here we’ll see anywhere from maybe 6 to
12 people depending on what it is that occupies our time during that
period. Unfortunately, the people that that use our place are in many cases
marginalized people who have difficulty getting access to regular health care
not because it isn’t there but they have maybe reservations about how they’ll be
treated, how they’ll be received and so having someone here just makes the whole medical system so much more accessible to them. The other thing that happened is there’s been a crisis with fentanyl and
sweeping town but it really kicked off in BC and so we saw an awful lot of
people overdosing and the provincial government saw it as a state of emergency
and they gave us approval to open a overdose prevention site. There’s the
stigma of using and that’s a huge one and with places like this, people can
come and safely use and also find out what resources are out there, you know. In
here, people can get connected to to detox, to treatment, to counsellors, to
people with act teams and it’s just, it’s a really great place because everyone
knows that they’re in a safe place here. There’s too much information overload
that they’re carrying and a certain amount of these people have that and
then when they’re able to put their walls down and then get that sense of trust with you, then it just comes pouring out of them. It’s an amazing,
it’s a miracle in itself so there’s a lot of miracles out there on a daily
basis. Up until this year, about almost 60% of our funding came from individual
donors and came from funds like the Mission and Service and so that’s what keeps the lights on. That’s what keeps us opening our door, you know and that’s
kind of our biggest frustration is we want to
solve homelessness and solve poverty and solve addiction so thus and we can only do that as long as our doors are open.

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