Sunday, June 4, 2017

A homeless man was recently given the money from the Residential School Settlement, but was inspired to donate it after hearing Matawa First Nation leaders speak highly of the Street Outreach Program.----------She says he wants his homeless friends to have the money, to make sure that no one else ends up in the river.-----------He realized he was in a position to help his friends and was proud that he could help to ensure that his people are safe and healthy." Said Alexandra Calderon. “Everyone, from our donor to all of the staff had tears in their eyes. It was incredibly moving and I hope it inspires more individuals and businesses in Thunder Bay help SOS get back out on the roads as soon as possible.” ---


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Homeless Man Leaves Many In Tears With Gift

Posted on Sunday, June 4, 2017 13:14 PM
   
It's a $10-thousand gift that brought many tears to Shelter House.  
A homeless man was recently given the money from the Residential School Settlement, but was inspired to donate it after hearing Matawa First Nation leaders speak highly of the Street Outreach Program.
Saying he wants to remain anonymous, Shelter House spokesperson Alexandra Calderon says the man's motivation was strong.
She says he wants his homeless friends to have the money, to make sure that no one else ends up in the river.
Calderon says they tried to change his mind, but to no avail.
She also issued a challenge to the city, to help reach the $200-thousand campaign goal quicker, that'll get the SOS program running again.  The man's donation puts the current amount at $85-thousand, with a Mayor's Mulligan in August to assist.

HOMELESS MAN DONATES $10,000 IN HOPES OF SAVING SOS
 
A homeless man recently received his Residential School Settlement. These compensation packages recognize the damage inflicted by the residential schools and compensate the many indigenous children who were torn from their families to attend the institutions. Staff were floored when this man, who would like to remain anonymous, brought a $10,000 cheque to Shelter House’s development officer, Alexandra Calderon.
 
 “We tried to return the cheque – I know that he needs it. But he insisted that he wanted to make sure his friends were safe. He said he was at Shelter House and heard Matawa First Nations CEO David Paul Achneepineskum’s challenge to help fund the SOS program. Our donor wanted to help his people and believes strongly in the power of the Street Outreach Program. He realized he was in a position to help his friends and was proud that he could help to ensure that his people are safe and healthy." Said Alexandra Calderon. “Everyone, from our donor to all of the staff had tears in their eyes. It was incredibly moving and I hope it inspires more individuals and businesses in Thunder Bay help SOS get back out on the roads as soon as possible.”
 
With generous donors like this, Shelter House is nearing the halfway point to restart the Street Outreach Services Program with a required goal of $200,000. The SOS program regarded by many in the city as vital and lifesaving continues to be suspended until funding targets are met.
 
Shelter House has enough funding to run the program through the colder winter months which is why it is slated to start back up in late fall. At this time, the $200,000 campaign to restart SOS immediately is at $75,000. The Mayor’s Mulligan will run August 15th in support of the SOS program and hopes to raise an additional $25,000.

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