Homeless Does Not Mean Unemployed
Please help us fill our backpacks with these most needed items
Another successful campaign. Thanks to everyone who donated, sorted, packed, delivered and
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The cost of living has risen exponentially over the last several years. For many patrons at JPHAWC, being homeless or in need does not mean they can’t work. Some are alone, some are parents with children who need to cover certain expenses first and simply don’t have enough to make it through to the next pay cheque. Edmonton’s homeless are not necessarily unemployed.
Employment can be difficult to find, and well paying jobs are even harder. Some can not get full time hours and others simply don’t have the supplies they need in order to get to work. Items that are helpful for these individuals are good warm work gloves or bus tickets.
Many jobs, including daily temporary work, require the employee to have work boots and gloves with them. While work boots do not fit in a backpack, they are accepted and distributed through places like St. Vincent de Paul. Work gloves, however, are a perfect addition to our Bags of Hope. They are small and easy to slip in the backpacks and good quality gloves can last a long time for the people who need them. Being prepared for any type of job that comes up gives more people the opportunity to get more work and create a better future for themselves.
Being prepared for work is wonderful, but getting to various jobsites can be difficult for those without a vehicle. Last year, during our delivery, we saw a few patrons arriving at JPHAWC on bicycles. Driving on our city streets can be treacherous, can you imagine cycling in the middle of December? Bus tickets are important to those who are trying to work and get back on their feet. Knowing they can get to work safely is equally important.
Please consider the value of Bus Tickets and good work gloves while you are putting together your donation. We appreciate all donations and the assistance of the Edmonton and area residents who help us fill this bags with hope for Edmonton’s Homeless.