Our Stories

Tim’s Story

Tim Baillie, Retired Surrey Firefighter, Community Activist & Volunteer

Homelessness truly touches us all. This is Tim’s story. “In my work, especially as a first responder we get to see people how they really are, how they live, and usually under the most difficult of conditions.”Tim Baillie, Retired Surrey Firefighter, Community Activist & Volunteer. As a firefighter I met a lot of people who… Continue reading

GIVING TUESDAY: HELP is HOPE

With the frenzy of Black Friday over, its time to think about Giving Tuesday, a day to support the hardworking organizations in our community that rely on your donations to carry out their important work. This Giving Tuesday, please give in Surrey to our dedicated homeless-serving organizations who help our community’s most vulnerable find safe… Continue reading

Mathew

Leaving behind a rapidly deteriorating family life in Nova Scotia, Mathew hitchhiked to Alberta in search for a fresh start at 16. At first, he worked odd jobs and was able to afford to house himself. But as an emerging adult, alcoholism and drug addiction started to take a toll on his work, and he… Continue reading

Greg

At the age of 22, an addiction to drugs landed Greg from Victoria to the streets of Downtown Eastside, Vancouver for six years with nothing to his name. On the streets, he ran into his father who had also become homeless and tried to show Greg where to get help. But even with his father… Continue reading

Diane

Diane is a single mom of five kids. For six years she has been on the run from an abusive ex-partner. During those six years, she has been homeless four times. Strained relationships with previous landlords, limited support provided by the Ministry of Child and Family Development, and raising her children with the limited funds… Continue reading