Save Our Shelter

April 21, 2011 18:00 ET

Media Advisory: New Fountain Shelter Supporters and Residents Publicly Thank Chief Constable Chu

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 21, 2011) -

Who: Residents, staff and supporters of the New Fountain Shelter

What: Distribution of Chief Chu's letter and a public "Thank You" to Chief Constable Jim Chu and the Vancouver Police Department. Staff and residents will be available for comment and photos outside the Cambie street police station. Downtown Eastside community elder Dalannah Dail Bowen will be honouring Jim Chu with a traditional first nations blanket ceremony as a show of thanks for his support of the New Fountain Shelter.

Where: 2120 Cambie Street police station

When: 3:30pm

Background

Today New Fountain Shelter supporters and residents are thanking Vancouver Police Department Chief Constable Jim Chu for his support of continued funding for the imperiled New Fountain Shelter in the Downtown Eastside. With the impending April 30th closure of the shelter rapidly approaching, staff and residents are gathering at the 2120 Cambie street police station at 3:45 tomorrow to express their gratitude for the Chief's recent letter in which he re-affirmed Vancouver law enforcement's position that the shelters are an invaluable part of promoting health and safety in the neighborhood.

Expressing his emphatic support for continued funding of the New Fountain Shelter, Chief Constable Chu wrote that shelters provide more than a roof over the heads of at-risk people, noting that, "aside from providing shelter from extreme weather conditions, it has also been the police department's experiences that properly run shelters reduce some of the disorder associated to people sleeping on sidewalks, laneways and storefronts. If run properly, shelters can also protect vulnerable people, particularly women, from predators."

The New Fountain Shelter is one such refuge, a place where people living on the street can find safety, security and stability. And as a low-threshold facility that welcomes people suffering from a wide range of mental and physical illnesses, the shelter also provides a desperately needed bridging service connecting residents with health care and long-term housing options.

Contact Information

  • PHS Community
    Services Society
    Mark Townsend
    604-720-3050