Streets Alive Stories

 

We are in desperate need of Men’s Clothing
for the P.I.N. Bank.

What is needed?

The most urgent need is for the following men’s clothing:

➤  Men’s jeans and pants – size 30-34 especially
➤  Men’s shoes – sizes 7-10 especially
➤  Hoodies & spring jackets (any sizes)

 

Urgent Need for Men's Clothing 5-29-17

 

What is the PIN Bank?

People living on the street have no place to keep a second set of clothes or a place to do laundry. The P.I.N. (People In Need) Bank acts as a closet for these people. The P.I.N. Bank is the workhorse of the Mission. Acting as the closet for the street population, it provides, free of charge, the things that people require for basic survival, employment, or setting up a new household. The result is that once a week (more often in bad weather) they are able to come and get clean clothes in exchange for the clothes they are wearing. Those clothes are laundered and re-enter the bank.

Currently, the Mission is not able to launder and replace the men’s clothes. There is simply nothing on the shelves to exchange. On Friday, the PIN Bank had to turn 38 men away as they had no replacement clothes for them.

Why is the need so high now?

Pastor Julie Kissick, co-founder of Streets Alive Mission, says,

“In all the years we’ve served in Lethbridge, I’ve never seen it like this. It’s not for a lack of donations, as the community is very generous. But the need is so great right now. We can’t keep men’s clothes on hand. Everything we get is going out immediately.”

Unfortunately, many clients of the Mission have no fixed address. Whereas during the winter months they may have had friends and family members take them in out of the cold, when temperatures rise those accommodations are less permanent and more tenuous. More people are roughing it.  This means that they have nowhere to store extra clothing, and they often lose coats, or have the jackets taken from them by others.

This is one of the reasons continuous donations are needed.

How can people help?

Streets Alive Mission gratefully accept donations of clothing, shoes, new underwear, etc. at the downtown office, 323 4th St South, Lethbridge. Office hours are Monday to Friday, 9:30am to Noon, and 1pm to 4:30pm (closed for lunch from 12-1pm). Alternatively, people are able to phone the office on (403) 320-1159 and another drop-off time can be arranged.

Women’s items can also be donated. By far the greatest need, however, is for men’s clothing.

Financial donations are also welcome toward the purchase of underwear or other needed items. Donate online, and look at the Mission Market to select specific needs to support.

 

Your support is greatly appreciated. The need is very real, and every donation makes a difference! Thank you for your generosity!

Urgent Need for Men's Clothing - Streets Alive - May 29 2017

 
 

Empty Clothing Racks at the PIN Bank

Dear Friends,

These are photos of nearly empty clothing racks in our PIN Bank.

Men’s Pants Rack

 

Men’s Light Jackets rack

Hoodies Rack

 

Light Jackets rack

 

Spring Needs in the PIN Bank

It’s springtime, and Lethbridge experiences a wide range of temperatures, meaning that our clients need layers of clothing to be comfortable in these varying conditions.

We are in need of some things for our PIN Bank:

➤  Hoodies & Spring Jackets (men & women, any sizes)
➤  Men’s Jeans and Pants – size 30-34
➤  Underwear (men & women, any sizes)

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Thankful for Our Volunteers

It’s National Volunteer Week, and we’re SO thankful for the volunteers at Streets Alive Mission!

We can’t do what we do without you.

It sounds cliche, but it really is true. The day-in-day-out operations of the Mission could not happen if it were not for our small army of volunteers.

What do Our Volunteers do?

Whether sorting clothing, shoes, and housewares in the PIN Bank, teaching in the ASK Learning Centre, or handing out sandwiches, every extra pair of hands helps to get the work done so we can Bring Hope to the Hopeless, and healing to broken lives.

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The Growing Need

The need for Life-Recovery programs continues to grow in Lethbridge.

Streets Alive Mission provides many of these kinds of programs that are not offered by other agencies or organizations in the community.

As the need grows, so do our programs!

Streets Alive Mission Programs are GROWING

Streets Alive Mission is a lot more than just sandwiches and the PIN Bank.  There are many programs that are helping people to get their lives back on track.

Here’s a video introducing each of those programs!

 


If you can not see this video in your browser or email, please visit GROWING! Streets Alive Programs directly on our YouTube channel.

 

Each and every one of our programs has seen an increase in demand in the last 2 years, some of them experiencing exponential growth.

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From Pastor Julie:

“We are in desperate need of Men’s ‘tighty whities’ (underwear) size Medium, and Women’s underwear size Medium as well.

Also, we have no spring jackets for any of the people… we are giving out hoodies, but they are not wind or rain proof.”

Can you help?

PIN Bank Needs April 21 2017 - Streets Alive

We gratefully accept donations at our office. 323 – 4th St South, Lethbridge. M-F 9:30am to Noon, and 1pm to 4:30pm.

If those donation times don’t work for you, phone our office and we can arrange another drop-off time. (403)320-1159

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