Letter: Your Richmond agencies need you

Dear Editor,

Re: “Richmond’s homeless need our help now,” Letters, April 18.

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Mr. Howard Kao can rest easy. Our hardworking mayor and council are on the job, as are a number of social agencies and churches.

Elsewhere in this paper (April 18) there’s information on the 40-apartment TMH on Alderbridge which provides 40 homeless (a start) with a safe secure and affordable self-contained apartment, as well as 24/7 access to counselling and services from on-site staff.

Meals are provided, so malnutrition can be a thing of the past.

For the other approximately 80 homeless, there are outreach workers ensuring they eat and receive any needed medical interventions.

Contact Turning Point or Salvation Army with your much appreciated offer to help. Likewise the food bank can always use an extra set of hands.

Call 211 to ask for names and contacts of Richmond agencies who are working to alleviate poverty.

The Poverty Reduction Coalition of Richmond is a good central place to get involved and to understand the current needs.

I’m involved with several agencies, and check up on a few homeless people I know. It’s so joyful to see the pain gone when they announce they got housing!

Helping is a team (community) effort. Caring is step one.

Thank you from a now employed family man who has lived homelessness and the problems that go with it. It’s not too late to bring life out of despair.

George Pope

RICHMOND

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