The Vancouver First United Church runs a storage facility that lets homeless people in the city temporarily store their belongings. I was going to describe it, but they do a better job (so does the video above):
Imagine having to carry all of your belongings with you at all times. You would be unable to go to a doctor’s appointment, a job interview, fill out a housing application, or even use a restroom without risking the loss of all your possessions. That is the reality for people living on the streets.
For people who are homeless, our storage facility is often the first step off the streets. Having a secure place to keep their belongings gives folks the ability to access services, address their health concerns, seek apartments, and go to work. It is a low cost and truly transformative service for people in need in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
Also, the storage facility provides jobs for marginalized people living in the Downtown East Side (which is also the largest cost). Also, if you aren’t unfamiliar, the First United Church is a really great place and they love Jesus, but don’t hate gay people or anything, so it’s a cool place to give money to.
They need $6,000 to keep the storage facility going while they try to secure permanent funding partners. I have about 500-followers on Tumblr and I figure about half of them are probably from Vancouver, so if all of us Vancouverites make the $7 donation to provide a week’s worth of storage for one person, they’ll have the remaining $1550 they need and you will only be short, like, one pint at the Alibi Room and we all know you drink too much, so it’s a win-win.