This is a place where people come to be heard…where we listen to their stories and discuss their needs. Because at Boyle Street Community Services we work to connect people living in poverty with the same things everyone needs: somewhere to live, someone to talk to and something to do.
So we listen to them….hundreds of people every week…people with stories of pain and marginalization and poverty.
And we provide the programs and opportunities that build on their strengths and respect their cultural background. Although about 70 percent of the people we work with are of aboriginal descent, others are new Canadians who are also facing the barriers of marginalization and prejudice and the stigma of being without a home.
We are one of the inner city agencies in Edmonton – and for many of our community members we are people who listen and an agency which cares.
SPREADING LOVE IN THE DROP-IN - A WONDERFUL EVENT!
Teachers and students from Sharara Dance and Fitness along with parents and volunteers gave up their time to prepare and serve a mouth-watering East Indian feast to over 300 homeless people at Boyle Street Community Services in Edmonton.
The event was on a frigid winter’s day, and the drop-in at Boyle Street was crowded with people who’d come in for a hot meal and a chance to stay warm. The Sharara group served the meal, cleaned up afterwards – and several of the dancers performed on the drop-in’s tiny stage. It was an event unlike any seen before in Boyle Street’s 40 year history. Some Boyle Street staff and community members even joined in with the dancers!
This video captures the wonderful event. All of us at Boyle Street are grateful to the Sharara volunteers for bringing so much to the drop-in….a day which will not soon be forgotten.
WE NEED CUPS!
In keeping with the spirit of recycling, Boyle Street Community Services has recently switched to using ceramic cups in our drop-in centre. We would be happy to recycle your gently used cups, and would very much appreciate your donation. We serve anywhere up to 240 people each coffee time on a bi-hourly basis and are lacking the cups to do so effectively.
Group Volunteer Opportunities
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A VIDEO DEDICATED TO THOSE WHO LIVE ON THE STREETS OF EDMONTON
Boyle Street staff worked with friends of the agency on putting together this video. It features graphic photographs, original music and song - and it is dedicated to those with whom we work every day. Please watch the video...and think, again, about those in need.