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DOPERS Meeting Langley Nov 7 2018

November 13, 2018 Leave a comment

DOPERS – Diverse Organization Providing Education and Regional Services welcoming new members in Langley, BC speaking about Homelessness, Hepatitis C, Shelter conditions,  Self Care, Cold Weather, Bylaws, Harm Reduction, Overdoses, Opioid Crisis, Food Security and more.

 

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DOPERS Meeting Langley Oct 31 2018

November 6, 2018 Leave a comment

DOPERS – Diverse Organization Providing Education and Regional Services welcoming new members in Langley, BC speaking about Homelessness, Hepatitis C, Shelter conditions,  Self Care, Cold Weather, Bylaws, Harm Reduction, Overdoses, Opioid Crisis, Food Security and more.

Rob’s Homeless Story for Homelessness Action Week 2018

October 30, 2018 Leave a comment

Rob, a member of Diverse Organization Providing Education and Regional Services (DOPERS) in Langley shares his homeless experiences during an interview for Homelessness Action Week

Oct. 7-13 is Homelessness Action Week in British Columbia

Please scroll down to read full transcript of the vdeo!

 

Nancy – Hi! I’m Nancy. I’m with Diverse Organization Providing Education + Regional Services. We’re here asking questions for the Homelessness Action Week.

Nancy – Name?

Rob – Rob

Nancy – Age?

Rob – 44

Nancy – Hometown?

Rob – Langley

Nancy – What city do you mostly stay in?

Rob – Langley

Nancy – Are you homeless?

Rob – I am

Nancy – How Long Have You been Homeless?

Rob – 4 years

Nancy – Tell us about your journey?

Rob – Used to own a house…had everything…just lost it all. I was a carpenter for 20 years…hurt my knee and started using drugs

Nancy – Where do you live right now?

Rob – Shelter

Nancy – Where did you sleep at night?

Rob – In a tent

Nancy – Do you have any family?

Rob – Yep..my brother’s on the streets too

Nancy – How would you describe your feelings about being homeless?

Rob – Embarrassing, failure…the stigma from everybody

Nancy – How do you do you make money?

Rob – I’m on social assistance. I do rig dig, do odd jobs.

Nancy – What do you do every day to get by?

Rob – Whatever it takes

Nancy – Does sleeping where you are and living the way you do make it hard to keep a job?

Rob – Yes, the getting up, going to, going to sleep

Nancy – Are you on welfare?

Rob – Yes

Nancy – Did Social Services help you find a place to live?

Rob – No

Nancy – What do you look forward to each day?

Rob – Going to bed

Nancy – What is the hardest part of living in a tent?

Rob – It’s not a home

Nancy – What is the most challenging part of the day?

Rob – Trying to find something to do that day, there’s nothing to do.

Nancy – Did you live in a homeless camp?

Rob – Yes

Nancy – Did you feel safe there?

Rob – I did, Yes

Nancy – Did you feel that it was safer than living on your own?

Rob – I do.

Nancy – Are you connected with other homeless people in this area?

Rob – Lots

Nancy – Do you feel there is a sense of community within the homeless population? Do you help each other out with tips?

Rob – Some do, some don’t

Nancy – What’s the worst perception people have of the homeless?

Rob – We’re all crooks…no good.

Nancy – What do you miss most?

Rob – Just having somewhere to go..a house

Nancy – What needs to be done for the homeless?

Rob – Somewhere to go, where you’re not harassed by bylaw

Nancy – What would have changed your life?

Rob – Listening to my girlfriend

Nancy – What would help you overcome your challenges?

Rob – Caring people…like you

Nancy – What is your drug of choice?

Rob – Heroin

Nancy – What does taking it do for you?

Rob – Forget about everything..all the stuff I lost

Nancy – What is the highlight of the day?

Rob – Bedtime

Nancy – What are some stressful situations that you encounter on a daily basis?

Rob – Finding things to do

Nancy – How do you keep healthy?

Rob – Eat

Nancy – How do you keep safe?

Rob – Don’t do stupid stuff

Nancy – Do you have any beliefs you live by?

Rob – Your words your word

Nancy – Do people really want to solve the homelessness issue?

Rob – No
Nancy – What was your last steady job?

Rob – Construction

Nancy – How long ago was it?

Rob – 3 years ago

Nancy – When was the last time they slept in a bed?

Rob – 4 years ago

Nancy – Do you have any children?

Rob – No

Nancy – One sentence to sum up your current situation?

Rob – No good

Nancy – If you could tell your story to Premier Horgan or Prime Minister Trudeau, what would you say?

Rob – We’re all not bad people, some of us just made bad choices

Nancy – Final thoughts?

Rob – We’re all not bad people, we’re not…stop treating us like we are.

Nancy – Thank you so much for talking with us

Albert’s Homeless Story for Homelessness Action Week 2018

October 30, 2018 Leave a comment

Albert, a member of Diverse Organization Providing Education and Regional Services (DOPERS) in Langley shares his homeless experiences during an interview for Homelessness Action Week

Oct. 7-13 is Homelessness Action Week in British Columbia

Please scroll down to read full transcript of the vdeo!

 

Nancy – Hi! I’m Nancy. I’m with Diverse Organization Providing Education + Regional Services. We’re here asking questions for the Homelessness Action Week.

Nancy – Name?

Albert – Albert

Nancy – Age?

Albert – 31

Nancy – Hometown?

Albert – Kitimat, BC

Nancy – Where do you live mostly?

Albert – Langley

Nancy – Are you homeless?

Albert – I am

Nancy – How did that start?

Albert – I was actually helping homeless people…building manager seen homeless people…he evicted me for it

Nancy – How Long Have You been Homeless?

Albert – 1.5 years

Nancy – Tell us about your journey?

Albert – Functioning addict, work just slowed down at home, so I came down here

Nancy – What do you notice about this city?

Albert – They have a homeless problem here they don’t acknowledge…they just push you away…they don’t want you here

Nancy – How hard is it to be homeless?

Albert – It’s very hard, it’s a struggle everyday..you’re cold, you’re wet…you have nowhere to dry off, you’re hungry

Nancy – Where do you live right now?

Albert – I’m on the street

Nancy – Where do you sleep at night?

Albert – Couple places I go where there is a covered area…I got a blanket and a pillow..that’s it…sleep on cardboard

Nancy – Do you feel safe at night?

Albert – No, I’ve been beat up a couple times here in Langley already

Nancy – Do you have any family?

Albert – Not here I don’t. Since I’ve been homeless…I’ve made some good friends here…

Nancy – How would you describe your feelings about being homeless?

Albert – They look at us and think we are these crazy …they look scared but we’re actually scared

Nancy – How do you do you make money?

Albert – Bottling..I bottled lots…I came from a job where I’m making $33 an hour to cashing in $33 worth of bottles in 7 days

Nancy – What do you do every day to get by?

Albert – My little street family, they help me..I help them. I live out of my backpack…that’s everything I own right there. Everything has been stolen from me. Everything has been robbed from me.

Nancy – Does sleeping where you are and living the way you do make it hard to keep a job?

Albert – Yeah..I can’t make it to Vancouver everyday when I’m homeless in Langley

Nancy – Are you on welfare?

Albert – I am on Welfare

Nancy – Did Social Services help you find a place to live?

Albert – No

Nancy – What do you look forward to each day?

Albert – Getting something to eat

Nancy – What keeps you going?

Albert – I know I am not going to be doing this forever

Nancy – What is the hardest part of living in an tent?

Albert – The cold

Nancy – What is the biggest roadblock to finding shelter?

Albert – Most of my problems came from Bylaw

Nancy – What is the most challenging part of the day?

Albert – Make sure I don’t lose that phone because it’s the only thing I have

Nancy – Tell us something no one knows about you?

Albert – I built a house out of Popsicle sticks…framed it the exact same way as you build a regular house. Bylaw threw it out.

Nancy – What do you miss most

Albert – My dog

Nancy – What needs to be done for the homeless?

Albert – Work together

Nancy – What would help you overcome your challenges?

Albert – Win the lottery

Nancy – What is your drug of choice?

Albert – Heroin

Nancy – How do you manage your addiction?

Albert – Got on methadone

Nancy – What does it do for you?

Albert – I had anxiety my whole life…still do…Heroin was the only thing out there that would bring me down to a level where I could actually talk to people and be able to do normal things

Nancy – What is the highlight of the day?

Albert – Talking on the phone

Nancy – How do you go to the bathroom?

Albert – I’m always nice and polite…they probably know I’m homeless but they allow me to go in there…I’m courteous. I don’t make a mess

Nancy – Do you have any beliefs you live by?

Albert – Everything happens for a reason..

Nancy – What does the future look like?

Albert – Getting clean is one of my biggest…I’ve been pretty good lately, not using

Nancy – When was the last time they slept in a bed, not a shelter?

Albert – 1.5 years ago

Nancy – One sentence to sum up your current situation?

Albert – I didn’t think that Homeless people had it that hard.

Nancy – If you could tell your story to Premier Horgan or Prime Minister Trudeau, what would you say?

Albert – There are so many people on the streets begging for a safe warm place to live and they don’t have that place…it’s so hard to find places where you can go and ask for help. …like I want help…I want help everyday…but I don’t know where to get it. A lot of hungry people out there. I never experienced being hungry before… people just want to eat…like this is Canada.

Nancy – Thank you so much for sharing today.

Terry’s Homeless Story for Homelessness Action Week 2018

October 30, 2018 Leave a comment

Terry, a member of Diverse Organization Providing Education and Regional Services (DOPERS) in Langley shares his homeless experiences during an interview for Homelessness Action Week

Oct. 7-13 is Homelessness Action Week in British Columbia

Please scroll down to read full transcript of the vdeo!

 

Nancy – Hi! I’m Nancy. I’m with Diverse Organization Providing Education + Regional Services. We’re here interviewing people for the Homelessness Action Week.

Nancy – Name?

Terry – Terry

Nancy – Nickname?

Terry – No

Nancy – Age?

Terry – 38

Nancy – Hometown?

Terry – Langley

Nancy – Are you homeless?

Terry – Yes

Nancy – How did that start?

Terry – Started using drugs when I was 17…my dad committed suicide…that was pretty harsh…hard to deal with so I turned drugs…had a place, friends over who were homeless…and then I got kicked out

Nancy – How Long Have You been Homeless?

Terry – Almost 10 years

Nancy – Can you tell us how it’s been like?

Terry – It’s really tiring..takes a lot out of you…there’s not enough resources ..there’s not enough places for people that homeless to get help that they need to not be homeless

Nancy – Where do you sleep at night?

Terry – A tent, and stay with a friend

Nancy – Do you feel safe on the streets?

Terry – No, anything could happen

Nancy – Do you have any family?

Terry – Yep, brothers and sisters but they don’t talk to me

Nancy – How would you describe your feelings about being homeless?

Terry – Frustrated, every time you get a little bit ahead, find some dead end that puts you back

Nancy – How do you come up with money to feed yourself?

Terry – Free meals

Nancy – What do you do every day to get by?

Terry – One foot in front of the other

Nancy – Does sleeping where you are and the way you do make it hard to keep a job?

Terry – Oh yeah, almost impossible

Nancy – What do you look forward to each day?

Terry – Socializing

Nancy – What is the hardest part of living in an tent?

Terry – Cold and having to relocate all the time

Nancy – What is the biggest roadblock to finding housing?

Terry – To finding Housing, would be the rent thing..

Nancy – What is the most challenging part of the day?

Terry – Finding places to hang out without being shooed away or being swept underneath the carpet

Nancy – Have you stayed in a homeless camp?

Terry – Yes

Nancy – Tell us something no one knows about you?

Terry – I help out a lot with people’s phones and computers

Nancy – What do you miss most?

Terry – My mom’s cooking

Nancy – What’s the worst perception people have of the homeless?

Cory – They think that we’re all criminals

Nancy – What needs to be done for the homeless?

Terry – Places that we can go to get blankets..there’s no where to use a phone, even using a bathroom is hard

Nancy – What would have changed your life?

Terry – If I hadn’t started using that day when my dad died

Nancy – What would help you overcome your challenges?

Terry – Housing

Nancy – What is your drug of choice?

Terry – Heroin

Nancy – What does using heroin do for you?

Terry – Makes me forget, makes me not have to worry about anything.

Nancy – What is the highlight of the day?

Terry – Going to sleep with food in my stomach

Nancy – What are some stressful situations that you encounter on a daily basis?

Terry – No where to go, nothing to do

Nancy – What do you do for entertainment?

Terry – Video games

Nancy – How do you stay safe?

Terry – Buddy system, got to look out for each other

Nancy – Do people really want to solve the homelessness issue?

Terry – Some people yeah, but the people that should be, no…it’s just getting worse and worse

Nancy – What does the future look like? What are your hopes and wishes for you?

Terry – To get clean before my grandma passes away

Nancy – Where do you keep your belongings?

Terry – In my tent

Nancy – What was your last steady job?

Terry – Worked at Super Save Gas

Nancy – How long ago was it?

Terry – 8 years ago

Nancy – Do you have any kids?

Terry – No

Nancy – In conclusion, One sentence to sum up your current situation?

Terry – Stuck in a rut and I hope to get out soon

Nancy – If you could tell your story to Premier Horgan or Prime Minister Trudeau, what would you say?

Terry -These kids need to be taught better that drugs aren’t the way to go…no one told me that if I use heroin…I’d lose all my teeth and I’d be out on the street

Nancy – Final thoughts? What do you wish would happen?

Terry – It’s good to have people getting together like this because it does make a difference.

Nancy – Thank you for sharing your story with us

Cory’s Homeless Story for Homelessness Action Week 2018

October 30, 2018 Leave a comment

Cory, a member of Diverse Organization Providing Education and Regional Services (DOPERS) in Langley shares her homeless experiences during an interview for Homelessness Action Week

Oct. 7-13 is Homelessness Action Week in British Columbia

Please scroll down to read full transcript of the video!

 

Nancy – Hi! I’m Nancy. I’m with Diverse Organization Providing Education + Regional Services. We’re here doing interviews for the Homelessness Action Week.

Nancy – Name?

Cory – Cory

Nancy – Nickname?

Cory – No

Nancy – Age?

Cory – 37

Nancy – Hometown?

Cory – Langley

Nancy – Are you homeless?

Cory – Yes

Nancy – How did that start?

Cory – 3.5 years ago, ended up on the street

Nancy – Tell us about your journey?

Cory – It’s been rough to camp in the bushes by myself..because it is quite scary out there

Nancy – How hard is it to be homeless?

Cory – Day to day, it’s painful..emotionally, mentally..everything

Nancy – How do you get by everyday?

Cory – It’s really hard

Nancy – Where do you stay right now?

Cory – I have a tent .. I just move around

Nancy – Have you ever stayed in a homeless camp?

Cory – Yep

Nancy – Do you feel safer there? Or do you feel safer by yourself?

Cory – No, I prefer a camp

Nancy – How do you do you make money?

Cory – Unloading trailers, manual labor

Nancy – What is the hardest part of living in an tent?

Cory – Spiders! Not having somewhere to go to the washroom

Nancy – How do you wash?

Cory – I just do the baby wipe, bird bath thing

Nancy – What is the biggest roadblock to finding shelter or housing?

Cory – I’m not on welfare…I’ve applied for it and got denied…I’ve lost the will to care.

Nancy – What is the most challenging part of the day?

Cory – Anytime I have to go into an establishment

Nancy – Tell us something no one knows about you?

Cory – I cry everyday

Nancy – What do you miss most?

Cory – Cooking, I used to cook everyday

Nancy – What would have changed your life?

Cory – My ex…he took my 3 kids to Saskatchewan and it took over 2.5 years to find them…that’s when I hid the skids really hard when that happened…went through severe depression…tried to kill myself at least 50 times in 2.5 years…I went 10 years without seeing them…if that didn’t happen…things would have been a lot different.

Nancy – What is your drug of choice?

Cory – Heroin

Nancy – How do you manage your addiction?

Cory – I’ve been able to reel myself in quite a bit

Nancy – What does using heroin do for you?

Cory – I started using it because it was the closest thing I could get to killing myself without actually killing myself

Nancy – What is the highlight of the day?

Cory – When I see my dad

Nancy – What are some of your challenges you face everyday?

Cory – Finding somewhere to lay down…without being harassed

Nancy – Do you have any beliefs you live by?

Cory – Spread positive energy out there

Nancy – Do people really want to solve the homelessness issue?

Cory – I wish that was true.

Nancy – What was your last steady job?

Cory – When I worked at the car detail shop

Nancy – How long ago was it?

Cory – About 3 months ago

Nancy – When was the last time they slept in a bed?

Cory – 4 years ago

Nancy – In conclusion, One sentence to sum up your current situation?

Cory – I thank God for being with me

Nancy – If you could tell your story to Premier Horgan or Prime Minister Trudeau, what would you say?

Cory – Open up your mind…when you paint everybody with the same brush…that’s as closed-minded as you can get…and they’re not listening to people…they’re reading files.

Nancy – Final thoughts?

Cory – Every homeless person has gotten there for whatever reason

Nancy – Thank you for sharing your story

Della’s Homeless Story for Homelessness Action Week 2018

October 30, 2018 Leave a comment

Della, a member of Diverse Organization Providing Education and Regional Services (DOPERS) in Langley shares her homeless experiences during an interview for Homelessness Action Week

Oct. 7-13 is Homelessness Action Week in British Columbia

Please scroll down to read full transcript of the video!

 

Nancy – Hi! I’m Nancy. I’m with Diverse Organization Providing Education + Regional Services. We’re here asking questions for the Homelessness Action Week.

Nancy – Name?

Della – Della

Nancy – Nickname?

Della – No

Nancy – Age?

Della – 50s

Nancy – Hometown?

Della – Langley

Nancy – Are you homeless?

Della – Yes

Nancy – How did that start?

Della – I lost my husband. He got Endocarditis and he died in 5 days. I couldn’t hang on to our house.

Nancy – How Long Have You been Homeless?

Della – 3 years

Nancy – Tell us about your journey?

Della – Being homeless and hungry and alone…very very hard…you are judged by society…sometimes it’s hard to find a meal, hard to make friends…you lose your stuff all the time…can’t seem to hang on to anything because people steal it

Nancy – Do you feel safe on the streets?

Della – Nope I don’t…I don’t sleep…I can’t sleep at night because I’m scared because I am by myself…I’ve had my stuff stolen… everything

Nancy – Do you think it’s different to be homeless for a woman than it is for a man?

Della – Vulnerability right? I’ve had men ask me…if I wanted to stay on their couch but they wanted “Other Things”

Nancy – Do you feel judged?

Della – Very Much

Nancy – What’s the hardest part of living homeless?

Della – Being dirty, not being able to have a shower…not being able to cook a meal, not being able to stop the rain

Nancy – How do you do you make money?

Della – Worked on the street, I’ve done Rig Riders. It’s really hard to get a job because there’s no where really to have a shower or clean up…I don’t have the clothing

Nancy – What is the most challenging part of the day?

Della – Waking Up…to even go into public..for me…because I don’t like to be judged

Nancy – Tell us something no one knows about you?

Della – I cry a lot…I’d like to have dinner parties…surround myself with people…whether it be homeless people or a neighbor…that’s what I’d like to do.

Nancy – What needs to be done for the homeless?

Della – Some kind of housing…place we can clean up at…anything …anything positive that can come out of this.We’d be grateful

Nancy – What would help you overcome your challenges?

Della – Housed again

Nancy – What is your drug of choice?

Della – Heroin

Nancy – How do you manage that?

Della – I collect bottles…any way I can

Nancy – What does taking Heroin do for you?

Della – Helps me forget a lot of things that have happened in my life

Nancy – What is the highlight of the day?

Della – Seeing you

Nancy – What are some stressful things that you deal with on a daily basis?

Della – Trying to find some where to go

Nancy – How do you find a bathroom?

Della – Just try and hang on…if you can’t find a bathroom…you end up going outside….try to find somewhere private.

Nancy – How do you deal with feminine hygiene issues?

Della – It’s really tough…you need to bathe, you need to shower when that time of the month comes…that’s a really hard time…that’s a really, really tough one

Nancy – How do you stay safe?

Della – I try to surround myself with other people

Nancy – Do you have any beliefs you live by?

Della – Honesty

Nancy – What is the best part of your day?

Della – Free Meal

Nancy – What is the worst part of your day?

Della – When there are none

Nancy – Do people really want to solve the homelessness issue?

Della – I hope so…I don’t really see much effort in it but I really hope so

Nancy – What does the future look like?

Della – End up not homeless and I really hope that things change in the world…it’s getting worse

Nancy – When was your last steady job?

Della – In the 90s…I worked at the Keg

Nancy – Do you have any kids?

Della – I have 3 boys

Nancy – In conclusion, One sentence to sum up your current situation?

Della – Miserable, unhappy

Nancy – If you could tell your story to Premier Horgan or Prime Minister Trudeau, what would you say?

Della – I need some help, I need a place to live and so do a lot of other people

Nancy – At our age, Menopause is starting to be an issue…how do you manage that?

Della – It’s hard because I’m by myself

Nancy – What about hot flashes?

Della – Hot…I sweat everyday

Nancy – Is it hard to get a doctor here?

Della – So hard…very hard

Nancy – Do they turn you away?

Della – They have..

A lot of places have turned me away…not just doctors…to go to the bathroom. I’ve been turned away a lot…it’s such a hard thing to go through too…

I got turned away in a bank because I had a $20 bill ripped in a half…I had a whole bunch of bags with me…it really bothered me because they say they couldn’t help me…it was in Langley…they didn’t change ripped money…that’s what they said…and they didn’t even let me get to the counter… they actually told me to turn around and leave before I got to them…so it was not nice….you know I’m the kindest person, anyone could meet..It’s a really hard time for me.

Nancy – Thank you