The Surrey Homelessness & Housing Society celebrated 10 years and recognized their Grant recipients and “Heroes of the Homeless” at their Annual Awards Ceremony, on October 12th. The Society is proud of all of their community partnerships created over the years, and to individuals who have helped to grow the Society. Thank you to our sponsors and to everyone who attended, you made it a very special evening!
The Society approved seven grants in 2017 totaling $230,000, to organizations for projects and initiatives that demonstrate a direct impact in reducing homelessness in Surrey. Congratulations to the following grant recipients!
The Elizabeth Fry Society: Rosewood Complex
Below: Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre Association: Affordable Housing for Indigenous Youth Project
Below: Kekinow Native Housing: The Sohkeya Project
Below: Luke 15 House: House Upgrades Project
Below: Pacific Community Resources Society (PCRS): Capital Renovations for installing showers and laundry at the Surrey Youth Resource Centre Project
Below: PCRS on behalf of Surrey Vulnerable Women and Girls Working Group: Standing Up for Surrey’s Vulnerable Women and Girls Project
Below: Surrey Women’s Centre: Surrey Mobile Assistance Program
We celebrated our “Heroes of the Homeless” recipients with an award plaque and cape to individuals who have gone above and beyond in the community. Congratulations to the Surrey Fire Fighters, Jen Temple, Kevin Diakiw and to our “Super Heroes” Cllr. Judy Villeneuve and Aileen Murphy. Read their stories.
B&B Contracting has been a long-term supporter to the Society and towards homelessness alleviation, and we are grateful for their generous contributions. Below: Rajan on behalf of B&B presents a cheque for $20,000 as part of a 5 year $100,000 pledge.
$1 Million Announcement
Cllr. Judy Villeneuve, Board Chair, surprised guests with a $1 Million call for proposals for 2018. The $1 million will be in addition to SHHS’ regular granting amount. Ten years ago the Society issued its first call for proposals for $1 Million, and they have seen how successful this call was with the Atira Maxxine Wright project. The Society looks forward to reviewing innovative housing projects, that will help alleviate homelessness in Surrey. More information on how to apply will follow under section “Grants”.