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April Stand
This is an opportunity for you to participate in a STAND for social housing. This action is part of a pre-election provincial strategy anti-poverty activists have organized to raise awareness about the need for government to get back in the business of building social housing.

Here are the details:

When: Saturday, April 27 from noon until 1pm
Where: at the SW corner of Douglas and Finlayson, kiddie-corner from Mayfair Mall.

We'll be wearing our red and blue scarves and holding a couple of banners. If you'd like to make your own sign about the need for homes for all, or housing as a human right, please feel free to do so.

Rain or shine, we'll be there, so dress appropriately.

Poster

Great Food Bank Debate

The next Great Food Bank Debate is Thursday March 28 at noon at the Newcomers meeting located at Highland Pacific Golf Course.

The Great Food Bank Debate: Be it resolved that food banks are the most effective way to provide food for hungry people in our communities. This debate, presented by Faith in Action, will look at the challenges facing vulnerable people as they try to meet their daily food needs.

Forum: Imagine a community without food banks

Thanks to Pasifik.ca, some of the important information presented by our special guests at the Feb. 19th Food Bank Forum, is now available for you to view this weekend on Shaw cable or on-line at thePasifik.ca website. Faith in Action is grateful for this support by community media: it's a huge task we've set for ourselves, but when we work with others who share our vision of a more just society, the task is made easier.

Pasifik.ca programs broadcast in the Lower Mainland, Victoria, and Salt Spring. This video can also been seen at www.pasifik.ca

Presenting this week:

"Food Security in Canada"

Concerned citizens gathered at Grace Lutheran Church in Victoria to discuss food security, food distribution, and food banks. Emeritus Professor Graham Riches and others gave a historical review and mourn the erosion of the social services in Canada.

Program times for Shaw TV 11 in Victoria and Salt Spring Is

  • Saturday Feb 25 @ 8:30 pm
  • Sunday Feb 26 @ 8:30 pm
  • Thursday March 1st @ 11:30 pm

Videos can also be seen at www.pasifik.ca anytime

UVic Martlet Article

Learnings from food bank forum

Letter to Premier Clark calling for actions to close the gap between the rich and poor in BC

Letter to Premier Clark

Download letter.
Making it real: Take the poverty Challenge

Peggy Wilmot and a few other FIA members, are offering to come to your faith community and take a group of people (6 person min.-24 person max.) through an interactive learning experience we're calling the Poverty Challenge. Check out the poster below for more details. We are flexible in terms of how this might be organized. It is suitable for anyone 12 years or older and the challenge can run from 90-120 minutes, depending on the size of the group, and the length of debriefing needed. You may wish to hold this in conjunction with a simple luncheon after church on Sunday afternoon, or you may want to run this on a weekday evening. Anything is possible- just contact Peggy Wilmot at pwilmot@shaw.ca and explore the possibilities with her. This will be an on-going educational opportunity we will provide for interested groups from late March until the end of June. So, if you're only curious, or if you want to book a couple of hours now, do contact Peggy.

Why are we doing this now? Because we're in the midst of some important leadership transitions, we think the more informed people are about how the provincial income assistance system works, the more likely poverty issues will be prioritized, especially in view of an upcoming provincial and/or federal election.

Please share this invitation widely: men's groups, women's groups, youth groups- any group that is looking for a different way of helping their members understand the complexities of poverty in BC would find the Poverty Challenge invaluable. Thanks so much!

Download the poster

STORIES THAT POINT THE WAY HOME- a series of profiles written by Ernie Tadla

Jesus said, “For the poor you have with you always.” John 12:8

With almost 1500 homeless people residing in the capital regional district, there are many who are filled with hopelessness, frustration, and even anger about this critical situation, and that includes the homeless and the people who walk with them.

But progress is being made. More housing is coming on stream. There is a small army of people and organizations dedicated to solving the problem.

This is a series of profiles written about people who once lived on our streets: how they overcame their pasts, made the decision to leave the ranks of the homeless, changed their attitudes and behaviors and are now counted among those who are "homed", employed, healthy, in loving relationships and as personally fulfilled as anyone else in our society.

It is hoped that by sharing the stories of these courageous human beings, inspiration and encouragement will result for all those who struggle with the issue of homelessness. Because we are called to always walk with the poor, as Jesus and other prophets remind us, we need stories that point the way home. The path is not an easy one to follow, but together we will move forward with dignity and hope.

The profiles will follow this format:

  1. Beginning: birthplace, parents, childhood home setting
  2. Events and situation in early formative years
  3. Arrival at homelessness
  4. Moment/Incident that initiates change
  5. The change story of how: overcoming inertia, obstacles, mistakes made and successes
  6. Home/Hope Now!

Click here to read:

  • Profile #1- Joe Motuz: at home in his world and his heart
  • Profile #2 - Rose Henry: no more labels and no more fear
  • Profile #3 - Donny Frayer: finding hope in all the right places at last
  • Profile #4 - Doug Allen : Keeping his stick on the ice
  • Profile #5 - John Young: Get High and Die or Say No and Grow
  • Profile #6 - Michael Wallace: He had it all!
  • Profile #7 - Steve, Facing the void within and discovering self-worth and hope

(FIA is not responsible for the accuracy of the information presented in this series of profiles. This is the truth as lived and understood by the persons being profiled by Ernie Tadla.)

Measuring Poverty

Our latest information brochure: download here! If you were ever curious about how we measure poverty in BC, check it out.

FIA position on housing as a human right

Please click here for the positon paper.

Raise the housing levy on Municipal taxes

Faith In Action letter to Regional Housing Trust Fund Commission to consider raising the housing levy on Municipal taxes by a significant amount, from the current $6.50 per household to at least $25 per household. Download letter to sign.

We'd like to help, but we don't know how...
Would you like to encourage your faith community to get involved in solving the homelessness problem in our city? Download this document which describes a way FIA can help you stimulate interest and action on this critical issue. Contact information and specific suggestions are included.

Click here to download.