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Overwhelmed with Generosity – Summer 2020 Newsletter



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Summer 2020 Newsletter

overwhelmed with generosityHOPEThe world is a different place these days, there is simply no denying it. We are all having to make changes in our day to day life.

One thing that hasn’t changed is your support.

Your incredible and generous donations to the Emergency Response Fund during this time continue to overwhelm us.

Your donations to that fund are helping to defray additional costs that Streets Alive Mission will incur in the foreseeable future. You have stepped up in a big way, and mere words cannot express how grateful we are for each and every donation.

While social distancing keeps us apart, it’s been stunning to watch as you’ve come together to provide hope. You’ve sent kind letters of encouragement, and you’ve given of your finances, your goods, and your time. For that, we are humbled and appreciative.

Your support is providing hope to the community and those we serve.

THANK YOU.

30 years of HOPE
the long road behind

1990 was a big year.

Above the earth, the Hubble Space Telescope was launched.
Across the globe, West and East Germany were reunited.
In Ottawa, Brian Mulroney was Prime Minister and the GST became law.

And here in Lethbridge, Streets Alive Mission was born.

We started small, picking up people with an old school bus and bringing them to a Wednesday night service and meal downtown. Soon
though, we went from one bus route to three and we realized the enormity of the need. A drop-in centre was soon opened, and was followed by an overnight shelter.

We filled needs as we saw them, creating programs like Work Force and Kidz Alive. The challenges have changed, from alcohol and hairspray, to methamphetamine and fentanyl.

Your support has been the connecting line of the past thirty years.

You’ve helped us build recovery programs for men and women, including six homes for people looking to rebuild their lives. You allow us to serve the basic needs of the less fortunate, feeding people seven days a week and allowing them access to clean clothing on weekdays. We’re collaborative, working with other agencies through our trustee program and receiving approval and funding from the city for our newest women’s home.

Your prayers and financial support over the past thirty years has made all of this possible. We can’t wait to see what you do in the next thirty!

Adapt to THRIVE, not just Survive

Streets Alive Mission has been through a lot in our thirty years. We’ve been based out of at least four locations and watched programs come and go as the need changes. We’ve seen weddings and funerals, baptisms and babies. Now there are new challenges and we’re rising to meet them.

  • Our evening feeding program now consists of bagged meals, prepared by a team of dedicated volunteers. The bags can vary slightly, but they usually contain a sandwich or two, a fruit or vegetable, a drink, and a dessert.
  • Our Sunday service is currently being live-streamed via Facebook, and the Sunday lunch program has converted to bagged meals as well.

For the safety of our staff, volunteers, and clients, we’re adhering to all of the provincial health guidelines that have been laid out.

We’re determined to continue serving the most vulnerable among us, and it’s your generosity that allows us that privilege.

dream. hope. believe. do.

Where the NEEDS are

Streets Alive has been asked by the City of Lethbridge to lead the crisis response in two key areas.

The first is making sure the at-risk population continues to be fed, which we’ve done by adapting our feeding program to bagged meals.

The second area is to continue to provide hygiene items, household goods, clothing, etc. to those in need.

The City of Lethbridge has initiated a rapid rehousing initiative, creating a greater need for household goods as more people are given a new living space. We’ve partnered with other agencies to maintain a central location for donation drop-offs and sorting.

Mission Thrift Stores has generously provided a location for us to use as a temporary warehouse.

Location: 1004 1st Avenue South

Donations accepted at the WEST door (100 10th Street South).
Monday to Friday:  9:30 am and 12 pm, and 1 pm to 4 pm
(Closed Tuesday Afternoons)

At the conclusion of the crisis, any remaining donated items will be redistributed to various agencies and partner thrift stores in the city.

Community Donation Center - Map

Segue House - one donation can make a difference

Renovations have begun!

As we head into our final push to finish our Segue II women’s house, we’re now looking to furnish and outfit the rooms in the new home.

segue house - rooms

Rooms need beds and dressers, kitchens need appliances able to handle a house full of 17 women, and we need your help to do it. While we can fill the house with women, you can help us make this the home these women need.

Segue II is a longstanding dream coming to fruition, something that would have been impossible without your help. We’re so close, we’re in the home stretch. Segue II will be a place where vulnerable women can come into a safe and welcoming environment and begin to rebuild their lives.

You’ve made this journey possible and we’re so grateful.

Donate to support the next phase for Segue House.

If you have any issues with this form, you can also donate directly on the Segue Women’s Home Donation Page,
or you can donate to any program through our Donate to Streets Alive Mission page.

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Posted Tuesday July 21, 2020 by Streets Alive Mission

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