Re-Create How You Donate Campaign

 

The Re-Create How You Donate Campaign was initiated by the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association, in partnership with the Surrey Homelessness & Housing Society and the City of Surrey, with the intention to help ensure people’s generosity in wanting to support Surrey’s most vulnerable populations has a lasting impact. In many cases, donating items to people on the street doesn’t have the impact you would hope for. For example, your intention to hand out big, warm blankets is good, however only days later do these blankets end up dirty and wet, scattered throughout the streets. So instead, consider donating to the many services working hard to help those in need get back on their feet. These services know the best ways to help.

Volunteer with or donate to these organizations in the Surrey City Centre:
NightShift Street Ministries: Care Centre & Carebus in City Centre
10635 King George Boulevard. Contact: info@sistersthriftboutique.com or call 604-953-1155

What they do:

  • Street outreach every night at 7pm, 365 / year
  • Offer hot meals, blankets, clean clothes and companionship
  • Meet and engage with people on the streets
  • Affordable, mobile counselling

What they need:

  • Volunteers for outreach / community programs
  • Hot chocolate and coffee
  • Snacks (granola bars)
  • Men’s jeans size 26 – 34 (sealed in original packaging)
  • Women’s jeans size 2 -16 (sealed in original packaging)
  • Blankets
  • Travel-sized, unused toiletries: toothbrushes, combs, shampoo, soap, feminine hygiene products
  • Monetary donations

•Surrey Urban Mission: Community Kitchen
10776 King George Boulevard. Contact admin@sumsplace.ca or call 604-581-5172

What they do:

  • Free breakfast every day, free lunch Monday to Friday and dinners on Sundays
  • Offer free clothes, household items, toiletries to those in need
  • Operate as a hub for resource workers to make contact with the homeless in Whalley

What they need:

  • Volunteers for programs and meals
  • Food and clothing donations
  • Monetary donations – SUMs is run entirely on donations

Lookout Emergency Aid Society: Front Room Resource Centre & Gateway Shelter
10667 135A Street and the Boulevard Shelter 10677 Whalley Boulevard. Contact: lindaf@lookoutsociety.ca or call 604-589-8678

What they do:

  • Services and housing for those in need and help guide people through the process of becoming housed
  • Offer mental health services
  • Outreach to those on the streets

What they need:

  • Volunteers for office and outreach
  • Sturdy footwear
  • Durable clothing
  • New socks and underwear
  • Dishes, posts, pans, cutlery – used for starter kits when individuals are housed
  • Monetary donations

Want to make a difference in Cloverdale?
Options Community Services: Hyland House Cloverdale Shelter
Contact: 604-574-4341. Shelter: 17910 Colebrook Road, Surrey. Main Office: 9815-140 St. Ave., Surrey

What they do:

  • Provide safe emergency shelter
  • Offer supports – improving life skills, finding employment and housing, and community integration
  • Outreach to those currently living on the streets

What they need:

  • Toiletries
  • Bedding
  • Towels
  • Clothing

Pacific Community Church: Emergency weather shelter and community meals
Contact: 604-574-4001. 5337 180 St, Surrey

What they do:

  • Provide safe emergency shelter during extreme weather and serve a snack and light breakfast, from November to March
  • Community kitchen serves three hot meals a week, on Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 6:30 pm

What they need:

  • Non-perishable food items
  • work clothing
  • warm-weather clothing (such as socks, jackets)
  • DO NOT take furniture

Guildford:
Pacific Community Resources Society: Guildford Youth Resource Centre
Contact: 604-580-9740. 205-14727 108th Ave, Surrey

What they do:

  • Services for youth – alternative education, alcohol and drug programs, youth justice, family support and more
  • A resource room with snacks, computers and drop-in programs
  • Housing program for youth: Tertiary program for helping youth find housing; Support for youth on income assistance via offering semi-independent housing

What they need:

  • Furniture
  • Household goods
  • Items for youth setting up their home

Newton:
•Options Community Services: Hyland House Newton Shelter
Contact: 604-599-8900. Shelter: 6595 King George Blvd, Surrey. Newton Office: 13520-78 Ave, Surrey.

What they do:

  • Provide safe emergency shelter and longer-term transition housing
  • Offer supports – improving life skills, finding employment and housing, and community integration
  • Outreach to those currently living on the streets

What they need:

  • Men’s and women’s clothing
  • Work gear
  • Toiletries
  • Non-perishable food items etc.
  • Small, easily storable items for setting up a new home (e.g. dishes, utensils, small appliances, etc.)

•Sources: Newton Resource Centre
Contact: 604-596-2311. Unit 102, 13771 – 72A Ave, Surrey

What they do:

  • Provide support, assistance and information for people on Income Assistance or with low incomes
  • Advocacy programs include: homeless prevention, mental health advocacy, pro bono legal clinic, disability support and a poverty law program
  • Housing First – assistance in helping people finding and maintaining housing

What they need:

  • Monetary contributions
  • Volunteers – in office, assisting support workers, help with client transportation
  • NO clothes or furniture
  • Small, easily storable items for setting up a new home (e.g. dishes, utensils, small appliances, etc.)

South Surrey:
•White Rock First United Church: Emergency weather shelter and community meals
Contact: 604-531-4850. 15385 Semiahmoo Avenue, White Rock

What they do:

  • Provide safe emergency shelter during extreme weather
  • Host community dinners twice a month from October – June
  • Food Bank drive on the first Sunday of every month

What they need:

  • Adult and children’s clothing
  • Non-perishable food items for the monthly Food Bank drive
  • Bottles / cans / tetrapaks for recycling (proceeds support community dinners)
  • Monetary donations are welcome to support community dinner