Sources 14th Annual Homelessness Awareness March
Sources Housing Support Services and Community Assistance Programs are organizing the 14th Annual Homelessness Awareness March during Homelessness Action Week. The March will take place at Sources Newton Resource Centre (#102 – 13771 72A Ave., Surrey) on Friday, October 18, 2019. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate.
|9:45 – 10:30 a.m.||‘House of Cans’ competition|
|10:30 – 11:00 a.m.||Speeches|
|11:00 – 11:30 a.m.||Homelessness Awareness March|
The Homelessness Awareness March aims to raise public awareness and increase knowledge of resources in the community. Those in attendance come from different walks of life – the homeless community, businesses, government, social service organizations and community stakeholders. Despite our various perspectives, attendees stand unified to promote awareness of the growing plight of homelessness in our community and the growing need to find solutions. The most recent Homeless Count numbers show that Surrey has the second largest homeless population in Metro Vancouver.
“Our goal is to have a successful and peaceful march that raises awareness to the issue of homelessness, and we would hope to raise more food for food banks, but one can of food is better than none,” said Jay Blaschuk, Manager of Sources Housing Support Services. “It is important for people to attend this event as homelessness continues to be a community issue, whether it is a lack of affordable housing or a struggle to stay fed.”
Prior to the march, there will be a brief update on the progress and the state of homelessness in Surrey. Morning coffee will be provided by Envision Financial during registration and a light lunch will be served afterwards. Sources Food Truck will be providing the meal with food acquired through Sources Food Hub’s food gleaning program that prevents community food waste. There will be door prizes and goodie bags.
“HOUSE OF CANS” COMPETITION
SOURCES is hosting the 2nd annual House of Cans. This is a competition to build the greatest house from donated cans of food. Food donations will go to the Sources Food Bank & Surrey Food Bank while the cash donations will go to support the Sources Housing Support Services programs. Last year, over 1,000 cans of food were donated!