Groups make a real and lasting difference to homeless people
By Peter Simpson
December 3, 2011
“It breaks my heart when I read a Vancouver Sun story on the plight of cold, wet and hungry people who are turned away from extreme weather shelters because there are no beds. BC Housing and community organizations are doing admirable jobs addressing this issue.
When my thoughts drift to the issue of homelessness, two images are vivid.
One, my kid brother lived by his wits on the streets of Toronto for 30 years, on and off. Mark died two years ago, a predictable victim of the destructive demons that possessed him – from alcoholism to substance abuse and from conning anyone within earshot to stealing anything within arm’s reach.
Although he marched to the heavy beat of his own drummer, he was a gentle man. I miss him.”
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Peter Simpson is the president and chief executive officer of the Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association. Email firstname.lastname@example.org