Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Formerly homeless man gives $10,000 to shelter

The donor wishes to remain anonymous, so we'll call him Sam. He used to be homeless, and lived at the Thunder Bay Shelter House in Ontario, Canada. Now he has an apartment, and recently he learned Shelter House needs money. The shelter has an SOS (Street Outreach Services) program with a vehicle that drives around the city giving homeless people blankets, transportation, and harm reduction tools. Last year it provided 4,923 rides and gave out 21,696 amenities.  But SOS had to be suspended for lack on funds. $200,000 was needed to restart it.

                                                                                                                           SOS Facebook
First, Sam heard of the Matawa's First Nations Tribal Council donating $10,000 and asking others to help. That inspired him to make a matching $10,000 gift. He has few funds, but received this amount from a recent court settlement. The Shelter House tried to return his check, knowing how much Sam needed the money, but he insisted, wanting to insure his homeless friends would be kept safe by the SOS program. He was very proud that he could help them.

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