[ Update Oct.2,2011 ]
Welcome to the MissionLog by Andy Coats. I’ve been helping the homeless since 2001. For a time I was employed as a Community Development Coordinator by Project417, a faith based non-profit in Toronto. What is the work or outreach? — simply, I’ve served the needs of the homeless community, mainly in the Toronto inner city, but also in Brampton, Mississauga. Simply someone who works – out on the streets – by being in community with the homeless street people. This included, in large part, delivering food to them, nutritious meals in the form of bag lunches, with volunteers. It also included visiting them and listening to them share their needs, hopes and dreams, and working with other inner city organizations to refer them for help overcoming their homeless condition. That time you passed a few homeless people downtown sitting on the sidewalk or in a park… I was probably sitting there with them.
With Project417 I also took part in Disaster Recovery efforts following natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans or Hurricane Ike in Texas with the Salvation Army. After all, the victims of these storms are homeless too.
As of May of this year, I’ve been seeking a new job. Funding is always a challenge for small non-profits and homelessness always seems well down on the list of causes people support. I’m confident I can find a good fit for my skills and experience. In the meantime, I continue to be an advocate for the homeless.
Thanks & enjoy my blog!
Topics and posts here include –
Help the homeless
Helping the homeless in Toronto
End homelessness and poverty
Volunteer work with the homeless
Volunteer to serve the poor and needy
Volunteer with low income families
Volunteer with street youth and gangs
Donate to charity to help the homeless, end poverty and improve low income families.