(WINDSOR, ON) – Street Help Homeless Centre is facilitating the needs of the homeless like never before. Centrally located on Wyandotte Street East, Street Help is a drop in centre open, from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm, where they serve and clothe the hungry and the homeless.
Street Help also helps to accommodate the homeless when outside of the facility by supplying sleeping bags, hygiene items, and even a takeout bag of groceries to help them be more of a welcomed guest, in the event that the homeless have the ability to reside with family and friends. In addition to this, the facility is furnished with computers for the use of those needing help to transition from a life of dependency.
The overseer of Street Help, Christine Furlonger, said one of the major problems of homelessness is due to mental illness. Christine proudly declares that she was once a victim of the homelessness epidemic, and now attends the needs of those less fortunate. Many in need can not even present themselves well enough to get their foot in the door toward becoming independent.
As well, some are without identification and, therefore, cannot even apply for any type of assistance. In these cases Christine talks to them, one on one, to identify what their needs are and to see how Street Help can be of the most benefit to them.
Christine and her husband network with other charities to help make this happen. They currently do not receive any grant funding, and literally run the facility out of their own pockets.
Street Help is a clean and organized facility ran by people who seem to truly care about the needs of the homeless. Christine says she always respects the dignity of those in need, who walk through her doors. This was evident during a recent tour. Those using Street Help’s services were obviously good natured and in good spirits.
To facilitate this, Christine has a storage room with musical instruments and she organizes events, like karaoke, to help pass the time. Christine said she has noticed a lot of the Street Help patrons are musically talented.
On May 30, JEM Productions and the Needle 9:14 Show are conducting the fundraiser Voices for Poverty at Villains Beastro, at 256 Pelissier Avenue. Many Windsor artists and entertainers will be performing all night for a just a $5 cover charge as a donation for Street Help. Christine will be on hand to meet and greet guests with a thank you and to answer any questions.
The public is invited to join in on the evening’s entertainment and to help be a voice for poverty by supporting and attending the fundraiser.