Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Wendy Schau has been able to give us some insight into the council processes. It appears that the bylaw and zoning charges are unikely to be levied. I am not so happy that the idea of the redevelopment of the santuary and worship space at St Paul's is being rolled into the idea of zoning and bylaw change for the out of the cold shelter. These are separate issues and the council bylaws and zoning should not prevent a homeless shelter at any suitable space. It should be quite reasonable that a homeless shelter could be run at a venue other than a church premise.
A member of the Croydon Churches' Floating Shelter team forwarded to us their handbook. This will be of great assistance to us and others when the we go forward with the homeless out of the cold shelter. They provided me two documents; the handbook and the guests agreement of admittance. This lists out the shelter rules for guests and it must be signed. Reading the handbook it also interested me that there is a handover book to the next church for the next night. In this way there is a daily record and each night the church for that night gets an update on what happened the night before. Smart.
Oliver Clarke, Satellite Director of the Milton YFC/ Youth Unlimited (The Deck) on Main Street East has invited us to come to the Deck on Tues-Thurs afternoons or Friday afternoon/evening to look at the Deck. Oliver recommended other organisations like "Bridging the Gap". It is for younger adults and oliver says that some of their students just make the cut. He suggests that they will use their services more and more as homelessness becomes more of an issue for their students. Oliver himself had previously worked in a shelter in Toronto. He felt that the role with the Deck would help him prevent homelessness for young people. Many contributors see the value of youth centres in preventing future homelessness.