Connecting with Langley’s homeless

From hair cuts to flu shots, local service providers came together to help

 

Around 90 people came out to the first annual Homeless Connect event  at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on Thursday Oct. 11, during this year’s Homelessness Action Week.

More than 50 people received a kit of basic hygiene items, 23 people got haircuts and 20 received flu shots and HIV/Hep C screenings were completed, said Langley outreach worker Fraser Holland who helped organize the event.

Everyone who came out had something to eat and drink, met service providers and collected information on topics such as mental health, substance use services, housing, financial services (provincial, federal or budgeting/planning), medications or social connections amongst other programs.

“This event also provided service providers and volunteers the opportunity to network and to form stronger connections that will help us work together as a community,” said Holland.  Around 30 service providers, faith-based community groups and volunteers were on hand for the Connect event.

The Connect event also aimed to broaden the vision of what homelessness is, said Holland.

“Homelessness isn’t just about what you can see at a glance. It’s more than the stereotypical images often connected to the term ‘homeless.’ Homelessness can be working individuals living in vehicles because they can’t afford rent. Homelessness is our youth sleeping in sheds, abandoned cars and on the couches and floors of family, friends and strangers in a time in their lives when they are expected to be developing the skills to last the rest of their lives.”

Holland said the day to Connect with Langley’s homeless also brought to light a few emerging problems locally, one being the aging homeless who are harder to help and house because they have multiple mental and physical issues and addictions.

The other issue facing Langley is the amount of youth on the verge of, or are homeless, said Holland.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

VIDEO: Record turnout for third annual Langley car show against cancer

Brogan’s Diner Fight Against Cancer Car Show was turned into a road trip because of COVID-19

Langley artist Lalita Hamill launches new website to showcase art and share instructional videos

A Zoom session on Saturday, July 18, will serve as a free art assessment and critique at 10 a.m.

Provincial COVID-19 data can now be used for B.C. to prepare for a second wave

In the past week, B.C. has seen a slight spike in daily test-positive case counts

Vandals deface Aldergrove elementary school with racist slur, male genitalia

Langley School District confirms it has filed a report with the Langley RCMP

‘Our hands are tied’: Langley Good Times Cruise-In announces cancellation due to COVID-19

People are encouraged to donate to the chosen Langley charities online, said Cruise-In director

Islanders want BC Ferries to follow order that lets residents board before tourists

For ferry-dependent communities, ferries are often the sole practical lifeline to work, school or medical appointments.

Fraser Valley loses the Keith Wilson Waver as Ron Hupper passes away

Hupper brought smiles to the faces of hundreds of people traveling Chilliwack’s Keith Wilson Road

Beverly Hills 90210 star’s family selling Vancouver Island Beach Resort

You can own Jason Priestley’s Terrace Beach Resort in Ucluelet for less than $5 million

Genetic detectives begin work to trace spread of COVID-19 in Canada

The kinds of genetic technology being used for this project did not exist when SARS hit Canada in 2003

Sports fishers protest Fraser River Chinook closures

Public Fishery Alliance wants hatchery fish open for harvest

Woman sexually assaulted, robbed near Surrey SkyTrain station: RCMP

Police say the incident happened July 10, just after 11 p.m. near King George SkyTrain station

B.C. Ferries increasing passenger capacity after COVID-19 restrictions

Transport Canada 50-per-cent limit being phased out, no current plans to provide masks

Once-in-a-lifetime comet photographed soaring over Abbotsford

Photographer Randy Small captures Comet NEOWISE in early-morning sky

Most Read