Kamloops to participate in Homelessness Action Week

By Jill Sperling
October 7, 2016 - 4:44pm Updated: October 7, 2016 - 5:29pm

Kamloops will join with other communities across the province next week in participating in Homelessness Action Week.

The week long event begins Sunday and aims to raise awareness for both the successes and challenges of reducing homelessness in the community. A special event called Project Connect will take place on Oct. 13 at Spirit Square on the North Shore. 

The event will give service providers an opportunity to connect with those without a place to stay.

The HomeFree Collective is also looking for volunteers to help in homelessness counts, both of adults, and for the first time in Canada, youth. 

"You can't really help to make peoples' lives better, to provide the services they need, unless you know what services they need," Project Coordinator Brad Serl said. "It doesn't help for people who are upper-middle class to say, 'these people need this, or we're going to give them that,' if that's not what they actually need. 

"The more informed we are the better decisions we can make, the more effectively we can help." 

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