There is a plan currently underway to address homelessness in the city of Regina. Information about this plan can be found here.
As a church, Glen Elm has committed to participating in this effort in a variety of ways. One such way is by providing Welcome Home Boxes to people leaving homelessness. The following is a description offered by End Homelessness Regina of what that initiative involves:
Welcome Home Boxes
If the average person had to move tomorrow, they could do so having most of what they need. For someone moving from homelessness into housing, they have few items. Support Workers can often help set them up with a bed or some used furniture, but the things that make a place feel like home are often difficult to come by. These items require resources that people leaving homelessness just don’t have.
The idea of Welcome Home Boxes was developed as a way to include the community in supporting individuals leaving homelessness. For approximately $750, a list of key items will be purchased and provided to an individual moving into new housing. This process will function through Regina’s Coordinated Housing Intake Process (CHIP), where several organizations work together to house individuals and families exiting homelessness. As Welcome Home Boxes become available, the CHIP table will coordinate provision of the boxes to the eligible individuals and families moving into housing.
Any community group can participate! Faith groups, youth groups, business sponsorships, groups of co-workers or families, etc...We request that mostly new items are purchased. We want their home to be something they are proud to live in, and to be a place they feel a sense of belonging. Welcome Home Boxes will help us towards that goal!
If you would be interested in helping to assemble a Welcome Home Box, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.