On a cold February night this year, Sam* pulled his van into the PHC parking lot where it would remain parked for the next eight months.
The air is cold, loss weighs heavy on his heart.
His family and home are gone. He is living in a country where he doesn’t know much of the language. All he has left is in this van.
Stock Image *Client names have been changed to protect their identity
Shortly after moving into the PHC parking lot, Sam met with the case management team from Homeless Support Services.
During this time living in his van in our parking lot, he accessed the PHC showers and clothing closet, which is filled with generous donations from our donors and supporters. He cooked his meals using a portable stove in the green space behind PHC.
Almost everyday from February to November, throughout the whole pandemic Sam was right here at PHC and our Homeless Support Services team did everything they could to help him access services, and get him back into housing.
This November it happened! The Case Managers at PHC worked with Anawim to refer Sam for supportive housing at one of their buildings. Just in time for the holidays, and the start of winter Sam has a home. For the first time in over a year, he is not living in his vehicle!
In the midst of the pandemic, a frontline worker is not just a doctor or nurse, but it also is our caring team in Homeless Support who have gone above and beyond to continue serving people experiencing homelessness.
This year, our Homeless Support Services rehoused…
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