Organizations and individuals working to support Surrey’s homeless received a boost last night when grants totaling $243,000 were presented to 10 projects at the Surrey Homelessness and Housing Society’s 6th Annual Awards and Grants Presentation Ceremony. The full-capacity crowd also celebrated the 2014 winners of the Heroes of the Homelessness Awards. Councillor’s Linda Hepner and Judy Villeneuve presented the grant cheques and awards.
Hero Award winners, who also received a super hero cape, included:
Ms. Bentley’s Firsties
Ms. Venessa Bentley of White Rock Elementary School, and students Mauri and Ryan were touched by the recent death of a well known homeless man named Ryan. The “Firsties” class created ceramic “Hearts of Hope” project and donated the $970 they raised from the sale of the hearts to the Surrey Homelessness and Housing Society in honour of Ryan.
The Dentists at Keys Housing: Dr. Carl Hensel & Dr. Kary Taylor
Dr. Hensel and Taylor operate a dental clinic at Keys that provides low cost dental care to those who cannot afford regular dental care. Keys opened the dental clinic in 2012.
Robert Bosa, founder of Bosa Properties Inc., completely upgraded the SUMS kitchen, providing all of the commercial equipment, and installing the plumbing, the floors and the electrical. This kitchen now feeds thousands of our most vulnerable residents. Jonquil Hallgate, Executive Director of Surry Urban Mission accepted the Hero award on behalf of Robert Bosa.
Bill Reid – Posthumous
Marion Reid and her daughter Cathy Stroppa accepted a Hero award on behalf of the late Bill Reid, a former MLA who was well known for his years of community service. As President of the Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce, Reid was instrumental in helping realize the creation of the Hyland House Cloverdale Shelter.
Ryan and Cynthia Beedie
The Beedies have made a $50,000 donation to the Surrey Homelessness and Housing Society to be used to assist with renovations to both Cynthia’s Place and Sheena’s Place, two transition houses for women and women with children, operated by the Elizabeth Fry Society (EFry). Where approximately 27% of the homeless in Metro Vancouver are women and where 20% are children, transition housing for women and children is overwhelmed with demand.
Fraser Bruce of B&B Contracting accepted a recognition award from the Society on behalf of B&B Contracting for its commitment to donate $100,000 over 5 years. See separate press release for more details.
Councilor Judy Villeneuve and Councilor Linda Hepner presented cheques totaling over $243,600 to 10 grant recipients at the packed awards event last night. Projects range from helping build new or retain existing housing, providing support services, and organization capacity building. Projects eligible for funding must meet the Society’s funding criteria and those chosen best demonstrate they will address the housing and/or service needs of the most vulnerable of Surrey citizens – those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
|Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver||Women’s Drop-In Centre pilot||20,000|
|Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver||Rezone for Women’s Shelters Amalgamation||70,000|
|Kekinow Native Housing Society||housing re-development for Aboriginal Gathering Place||$49,220|
|Keys: Housing and Health Solutions:||Relocation Pre-Development Plan||$10,000|
|Options Community Services||Supported Youth Independent Housing Program||$25,000|
|Pacific Community Resources Society||Youth Housing Outreach Worker pilot||$25,000|
|Surrey Vulnerable Women and Girls Working Group||Service gap assessment for vulnerable women and girls in Surrey||$6420|
|Realistic Success Recovery Society||Purchase of Trilogy House||$30,000|
|Peninsula Homeless to Housing Task Force||Faith Community Conference on redevelopment of church lands||$2000|
|Surrey Homelessness & Housing Task Force||Capacity Building Initiative||$6000|
About the Surrey Homelessness and Housing Society
The Society has a vision that everyone in Surrey has a home. The Society raises, manages and distributes funds to support programs, projects and initiatives to make a difference in the lives of peoples who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness in Surrey. Since inception, we have contributed over $2.5M to capital projects and programs that support our homeless and at-risk residents in Surrey.