How to help the homeless in Vancouver this winter

Dec 9 2016, 1:30 am

With the cold weather battering Vancouver right now, the city’s homeless shelters are being stretched to the limit. 

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Vancouver’s cold, damp winters take a huge toll on those living on the street, and when they seek assistance, it’s critical that shelters have items people need on hand.

So what can you donate? And where?

“Donating things like blankets and warm clothing are the biggest things people can do to help,” John Johnston, from Triage Shelter, told Daily Hive.

Jackets, waterproof garments, and pairs of fresh clean socks are other items that are in demand at this time of year as well.

With numerous shelters throughout the city, it’s not hard to find a location near you.

And while they’ll more often than not happily accept your donation, it’s always a good idea to call ahead and see what they’re need most.

What to donate

Cold weather means keeping warm from head to toe. It also means staying dry. Here’s what you can give to help others during the winter weather.

  • Jackets
  • Sweaters
  • Pants
  • Fresh pairs of clean socks
  • Blankets
  • Waterproof garments
  • Gloves/ mitts
  • Hats/toques
  • Scarves

Where to donate in Vancouver

Metro Vancouver shelters

Youth Shelters

  • ASH (Aboriginal Youth Safe House) – Vancouver: 604-254-5147
  • All Nations Youth Safe House  Surrey: 604-584-2625
  • Covenant House Female Crisis Program – 575 Drake, Vancouver: 604-685-7474
  • Covenant House Male Crisis Program  326 W. Pender St, Vancouver: 604-647-4480
  • Directions Youth Centre – 1138 Burrard St, Vancouver: 604-633-1472
  • Marc’s Place-Southwest Vancouver: 604-261-7827 (604-660-4927 after 10 pm)
  • North Shore Youth Safe House – North Vancouver: 1-877-78-YOUTH (96884)
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