When Michael woke, the strong smell of disinfectant filled his nostrils, and all he could see were the blurry outlines of tubes protruding from his bruised and broken body. It was 2008, and Michael, then 59, had no idea why he was there. The last thing he remembered was riding his motorcycle down the interstate. Continue reading
As the night bus pulled away from the station, Cynthia* sat with her young son beside her with only the clothes on their backs. They made their way towards Vancouver with the hope of starting a new life, away from the stalker in her home town.
Cynthia, 26, knew she and her son had to leave Grand Forks that night. “I decided it wasn’t safe for me. Even the cops said it wasn’t safe – that it was just better if I left.” Continue reading
As Winter approached and dropping temperatures threatened, it became clear that there wasn’t enough space indoors for people to stay during the cold season. Surrey needed a temporary, low-barrier shelter that would run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – a place where people could warm up with a good meal during the day, a bed to sleep in at night, and a welcome that didn’t require them to leave during other times of the day. With this need in mind, the City of Surrey came to the Surrey Homelessness and Housing Society for a responsive grant. Continue reading