Category Archive for: Homelessness

Giving thanks during the pandemic

by NightShift

NightShift's second Annual Thanksgiving Dinner was a beautiful team effort. Despite not being able to serve an indoor, sit-down meal, 135 friends on the street were treated to a fully-packaged turkey dinner and a sense of belonging! Our doors were open, as we served the dinner from the back outreach doors; handed out hot chocolate…

COVID-19 – NightShift Outreach in Surrey & Langley

by NightShift

Message for NightShift volunteers in Surrey and Langley, BC: [ original post Mar 2020; updated Nov 2020 ] With the global Covid-19 pandemic and resulting government-mandated social distancing, we are in unprecedented times around the world, in our country and communities, and right here at NightShift Street Ministries. NightShift will continue to serve a hot…

A Christmas Dinner trimmed with Hope

by NightShift

A hot turkey dinner with all the fixings was served to more than 160 friends in the neighbourhood at NightShift Street Ministries on Sunday, Dec. 15.  With live Christmas music, gifts, treats and Christmas trees, NightShift's Education Room overflowed with the peace, joy and love of the Christmas season. But the best trimming for NightShift's…

Feeding us keeps us healthy, but it’s more than that

by NightShift

Surviving the day – and night – can be an overwhelming challenge for men and women who are on the streets or at risk of becoming homeless. Many people who are homeless are also battling the effects of past trauma, addiction and mental illness, which can lead to isolation and exclusion. At NightShift, we know…

Thanks for Giving

by NightShift

The spirit of gratitude was overflowing in NightShift's Education Room on Thanksgiving weekend. We celebrated on Oct. 12 with a delicious turkey dinner, and all the fixings, with about 170 of our friends in need in the Whalley neighbourhood.  Because of the generosity of our sponsors, and people like you, this special Thanksgiving Dinner was…

15 years of love, hope and purpose

by NightShift

For 15 years, people like you have come to NightShift to create a community of love, hope and purpose for people in need on the streets in our communities. That is worthy of celebration! And celebrate we did in NightShift's ourtreach lot on Sunday, September 15. It was our dream-party, bringing together NightShift volunteers, donors,…

The other side of the mountain

by NightShift

George is one of our regulars. Most nights we see him at our outreach meal, helping volunteers, joining new faces for dinner and carrying on conversations with the friends he’s made over the years at NightShift. Born and raised in Fiji, George came to Canada when he was 16 and completed high school here. After…

Women’s shelter gives warmth, welcome

by NightShift

For people without homes in Metro Vancouver, the February frigid temperatures and snowstorms have made basic health and survival a challenge. But the weather issues facing folks without homes began before the snow started falling. Last November the rain was so bad that Marcia couldn’t go out for days. The 54-year-old woman, who is homeless,…