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The summer is hot!

We think about pets during the hot summer and we act

During the summer, we think about our pets getting overheated, and we act!

But what about the homeless?

Homeless in the Heat

When you are homeless, you have no place to escape the heat.

summer sun No cool shower at the end of the day.

summer sun No protection from the damaging rays of the sun.

summer sun Limited access even to water.

Summer at Streets Alive Mission

During the hot summer months, poverty will not be on vacation, nor will we have a relaxed summer schedule at Streets Alive Mission.

In past years, the winter months were generally busier than in the summer. However, today we are experiencing such growth that every day, through the spring and summer, is busier than the one before.

It wasn’t that long ago that our evening meal service was busy if we saw thirty or so people. NOW, 30 people is a slow night, with some evenings serving over 100!

That’s huge growth…. That’s HUGE NEED!

WHY such a great need?

There are so many people in the Lethbridge area struggling with homelessness every day because they no longer can manage their lives.

Whether it’s due to job loss, addiction, or simply struggling to make ends meet — more people than ever are coming to the Mission for help.

The challenge for us is when services to those in need are on the rise, giving is often down.

Help the Homeless “Beat the Heat”

We make every effort to prepare for the summer shortfall, but with record-setting summer temperatures forecast, I know our limits will be tested.

We understand that people are planning vacations, out of normal routines, and away from the monthly reminders in their calendars. This is when your gifts make such a difference.

summer sun Your gift will help people like Samuel escape from the heat for an hour or so while he attends Chapel.

summer sun Your gift will supply water for our SMART Team to distribute on the streets.

summer sun Your gift could easily save a life!

The street population is at extreme risk when temperatures begin to soar. Your gift can help them survive.

Poverty doesn’t take a vacation!

Because you give, our staff and volunteers are ready to provide aid to all who enter our doors. Thank you for being mindful of the fact that homelessness doesn’t take a vacation!

Help us to make this a Summer of Hope. Take action today!  Click the image below to DONATE now!




THANK YOU from all of us at Streets Alive Mission! Bringing HOPE to the Hopeless!

Emergency Food Bank

Many people do not realize that Streets Alive Mission operates an Emergency Food Bank.

The Mission Food Bank is available to those who are in transition and can’t yet connect with other services in the community. We help people get by until they can access more permanent solutions.

In the first 6 months of 2017,
our Food Bank has experienced a 62% increase in demand!

Food Hampers

The volunteers in our food pantry break down larger donations into manageable sizes, often meal sizes, to help our supplies go further.

Hampers are then made up from those supplies.  Each hamper will feed a person for just a couple of days.

Food Bank Needs

The needs of our food bank are a bit different than most.

We need readily consumable foods that do not take much to prepare.

Canned goods, such as:

  • pastas,
  • soups,
  • meat,
  • vegetables,
  • and beans

and instant oatmeal are easy meal items which don’t require much in the way of cooking skills or appliances and utensils.

These simple foods will keep someone from being hungry until they can access other community services.

A Little Goes a Long Way

our food bank is bare - streets alive mission lethbridgeThe Mission volunteers can make a little food stretch a long way, but they cannot create miracles…

…and right now, our food bank needs a miracle.

The shelves in our food pantry are currently quite empty.  The food we get is going back out to people in need just as fast as it’s coming in. The need is great!

Your immediate donations of food, or financial resources that we can turn into food, will make sure that the surge in clients accessing our emergency food bank all receive something to eat. (more…)

Youth Camp – Solidifying Relationships in Christ

Will you help?

Will you help ensure that our youth programs, including yearly summer camp, can continue to disciple and mentor more students every year?

 

It costs approximately $4 per student per day to operate our youth program, which includes:

  • 1 week at Camp,
  • an annual youth conference at Briercrest Bible College,
  • transportation to and from all youth group activities and church on Sunday,
  • as well as their curriculum materials for their small group times.

$4 per day per student!

That’s only $125 per month! Please help!

Donate to Streets Alive Mission Youth

SUMMER CAMP

Kids headed off to campEvery year, Streets Alive Mission operates a youth summer camp. We are blessed to have a fully equipped children and youth camp in the mountains donated to us for one week each summer, where at-risk kids can come and experience unconditional love and acceptance. The devices stay at home so that the kids can make meaningful connections with God, each other, and their leaders!

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