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Exciting Announcement today!

Joint partnership expands needed emergency shelter spaces in Richmond

07 September 2017

Homeless residents (individuals who are homeless) will benefit from a new emergency shelter, providing a relocation and expansion of current services that have been offered in Richmond for the past 20 years. The new shelter, to be located at 12040 Horseshoe Way, is the result of an innovative partnership between the City of Richmond, The Salvation Army, and the Province to deliver much needed shelter spaces in Richmond.

The new emergency shelter will provide safe and secure shelter spaces in a supportive environment for up to 36 of Richmond’s most vulnerable residents and more than triples the number of shelter spaces currently available in the community. Serving as a gateway into housing, the shelter will be physically accessible, minimal barrier in its approach to service delivery and inclusive of men and women. The project site is well located in close proximity to transit with connections to downtown Richmond, and community amenities.

Currently, the Salvation Army operates the only year-round emergency shelter in Richmond (Richmond House). This existing shelter provides spaces for 10 men and turns away approximately 130 visits every month. The current services will be relocated once the new shelter is complete, and Richmond House will close. The Salvation Army has been an excellent neighbour to all residents while providing shelter and supportive programming to Richmond’s homeless population over the past two decades.

An information session for local residents and businesses will be held on Thursday, September 21, 2017 from 3 to7 p.m. at the Richmond Public Library – Ironwood Branch, located at 11688 Steveston Highway.

Project partners and funding:

  • The Salvation Army will continue to manage this relocated shelter.
  • The City of Richmond is contributing the land at 12040 Horseshoe Way, valued at $6 million.
  • The B.C. government is providing the funding for the improvements to the existing structure and towards the emergency shelter operating budget.

Quick Facts:

  • City of Richmond Council, through its Affordable Housing Strategy, recognizes that a range of housing choices for a diverse population is important for a liveable community.
  • Since 2007, the City has secured commitments to create over 1,500 affordable housing units in Richmond.
  • The City has committed $19.4 million to the Storeys project, which will provide 129 units of affordable rental housing for vulnerable residents including individuals at risk of homelessness, and contributed $24.1 million to the Kiwanis Towers, which provides 296 units of affordable rental housing for low-income seniors.
  • The Salvation Army has the primary responsibility of managing the emergency shelter in Richmond and staff connect clients to supportive services to promote success in achieving housing stability.

Learn More:
To learn more about The Salvation Army’s involvement in Richmond, visit: http://salvationarmyrichmond.org/

To learn more about the City of Richmond’s Affordable Housing Strategy and actions on housing affordability, visit: www.richmond.ca/affordablehousing

To learn more about services and supports for the homeless or those at risk of homelessness, please visit: https://www.bchousing.org/housing-assistance/homelessness-services

Christmas Kettle Campaign – FAQS

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What is a Bell Ringer?

A Bell Ringer is someone who stands beside the iconic Salvation Army Christmas Kettle and receives donations from passers-by.  They ring bells where permitted to subtly remind people of those in need at Christmas in our community.  Kettles are typically located in malls and outside retail stores from mid-November to Christmas Eve.

How much time is required?

Bell Ringers typically stand by a kettle 2 to 4 hours at both indoor and outdoor locations.  Ideally, it is best if volunteers commit to 8 to 10 hours throughout the course of the Christmas Kettle Campaign which runs from mid-November to Christmas Eve.

What is the Christmas Kettle Campaign?

The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign is a fundraising effort that occurs each year during the Christmas season.  Kettles are found in 2000 locations across Canada and are an opportunity for the public to donate whatever funds they can to support the work of The Salvation Army during the Christmas season and throughout the year.

The tradition of Salvation Army kettles began in San Francisco in 1891 with Captain Joseph McFee.  Captain McFee was looking for a way to help provide meals to families in need and recalled the “Simpson’s pot” – a large pot used in Liverpool, England into which passers-by threw charitable donations.  Captain McFee decided to place a similar pot at the Oakland ferry landing.  By strategically placing the kettle, he was able to attract donations from those going to and from the ferry boats.

Now, over 100 years have passed and beyond providing Christmas dinners, the money raised at kettles is also used to provide clothing, shelter, food, toys, financial assistance and counselling year-round.  The Salvation Army’s holiday fund-raising activities play a crucial role in sharing the spirit of the season with families in need.  The Salvation Army does its best to ensure that no family goes without food, no child is without presents under the tree and that Christmas is a time of hope and healing.

What happens to the money raised?

For too many Canadians, the necessities of life needed for basic human dignity are out of reach.  Poverty is the root cause that puts dignity out of reach for millions of Canadians, making access to everyday needs, like food, clothing and shelter, difficult.

Funds raised through donations made at Christmas kettles, together with other sources of funds, help provide direct, compassionate, hands-on service to 1.6 million people each year in Canada, restoring hope and dignity to those who might otherwise remain invisible in society.

How does The Salvation Army determine where the funds raised will be used?

While Salvation Army Christmas kettles can be found all across Canada, and around the world, each Christmas kettle location is organized and managed by a local Salvation Army unit. The funds raised stay in the community in which they were donated and are used to support local Salvation Army programs for people in need.