2 Ways to Get Festive While Supporting the North Shore Lookout Shelter!

Greetings!

As we transition to the holiday season, here are two fun and festive ways to support homelessness on the North Shore while getting into the joy and spirit of the season. Hope to see you there!

  1. Dundarave Festival of Lights – This festive, annual event kicks off this coming weekend and supports the Lookout Emergency Aid Society.  There are free concerts, children’s activities, craft fairs and more. To learn more, or sponsor a tree, please visit the website.

2. Burger & Beer to Support Lookout! Another fundraiser is on Dec. 13th at the Two Lions Public House. North Shore musician, Mike Bertini, will be launching a new single called ‘Joe’ about a homeless man. For more information, visit the event Facebook page and tickets can be purchased online here.

Mike Bertini

Report: BC had a child poverty rate of 18.6 percent – the worst rate of any province in Canada

2013 BC Child Poverty Report Card:

The latest figures from Statistics Canada (2011) once again show that BC is the worst province in Canada when it comes to major measures of child poverty:

– BC had a child poverty rate of 18.6 percent – the worst rate of any province in Canada, using the before-tax low income cut-offs of Statistics Canada as the measure of poverty.

– BC had the worst poverty rate of any province for children living in single mother families – 49.8 percent.

– BC also had the worst poverty rate of any province for children living in two-parent families – 14 percent.

– BC’s poverty rate for children under 6 years at 20.7 percent is 8 percentage points higher than the Canadian average.

– British Columbia also had the most unequal distribution of income among rich and poor families with children. The ratio of the average incomes of the richest ten percent compared to the poorest ten percent was 12. 6 – the worst of any province.

Read more and download the full report here:

North Shore Extreme Weather Plan – Extra Shelter Spaces Now Open

The North Shore Extreme Weather Plan provides for additional sheltering space to be made available when the weather is severe enough to pose a higher health risk to the homeless. The alert is called on a daily basis.

The purpose of this notice is to inform that an Extreme Weather Alert has been called. Additional sheltering spaces are being provided at two local services:

Open at 8 pm
EXTRA SHELTER HAS OPENED AT:
NORTH SHORE SHELTER
705 WEST 2nd STREET @ BEWICKE
OTHER SHELTERING IS ALSO AVAILABLE
CONTACT THE NORTH SHORE SHELTER FOR REFERRAL

IF YOU ARE SLEEPING OUTSIDE, PLEASE COME TO THE SAFETY OF THE SHELTER!

If you are a service agency:

1. Please print the attached poster on bright YELLOW paper and post it in areas which homeless individuals may see it;
2. notify all your staff that the Alert has been called and ask them to spread the news to the homeless they come into contact with; and to refer people to the:
North Shore Shelter @ 705 West 2nd Street, Phone: 604-982-9126

We also need volunteers, if you can volunteer time within the extreme Weather Shelter, please call David Newberry or Linda Fox @ 604-982-9126

Notice of Alert NS Shelter -Nov 2013

Hunger Count 2013: 50% Needing Help from Foodbanks are Families with Children

This comprehensive report on hunger and food bank use in Canada show an in-depth report and recommendations.

In March 2013, 833,098 people were helped by food banks in Canada; over a third were children. Years after the end of the recession, food bank use remains close to record levels — and is 23% higher than in 2008, before the recession began. Read the full report: HungerCount2013_highres