Update #2: Homelessness in BC: You can see pictures and videos but this was different

homeless lady sleeping on a floorIt’s been about seven months since I saw that poor woman sleeping on the floor of a bank in a small Vancouver Island community. I still think about her and hope she is in a better place now.

My family member spoke to her a couple of times since last July and what we know is that she suffers from mental illness and she finally received her PWD status around December. Even though she has a bit of an income now she said she still has no place to go, no place to rent. No place not only because of the cost of rentals but the local motels are getting away from renting monthly. She said “there is nothing that I haven’t already tried”. She has $375 for rent and utilities. Where on this entire Island will she find a rental for $375?

We tried connecting her with the Salvation Army but they were at capacity in her community and couldn’t take on any more people. They also said there is a shelter there but it is usually full. What does that say about our Island communities? There was mention that the community has been approved for some canister housing but we haven’t heard anymore on that.

How can anyone have hope of getting off the streets when the barriers are there to stop all efforts? I don’t think this lady takes drugs, at least she didn’t look like it, but she has to fight that stigma. I just can’t imagine what it must feel like to have been living on the streets this long. Having been homeless myself for a few short months I can understand the desperation but what would it feel like when you have been forgotten?

I hope we can connect with her one day and when we do I envision her having received help and she is living happy and healthy.

Original story: Homelessness in BC: You can see pictures and videos but this was different

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic

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via The Community Farm Store Newsletter, Duncan, BC

This will be your new go-to recipe for brussels sprouts. This simple dish will make anyone a brussels-lover – the yummy caramelized goodness makes for one of the best side dishes around!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound brussels sprouts
  • 4 to 6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, to coat bottom of pan
  • 5 cloves garlic, peeled
  •  Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Preparation:

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Trim bottom of brussels sprouts, and slice each in half top to bottom. Heat oil in cast-iron pan over medium-high heat until it shimmers; put sprouts cut side down in one layer in pan. Add garlic, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Cook, undisturbed, until sprouts begin to brown on bottom, and transfer to oven. Roast, shaking pan every 5 minutes, until sprouts are quite brown and tender, about 10 to 20 minutes.
  3. Taste, and add more salt and pepper if necessary. Stir in balsamic vinegar, and serve hot or warm.

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Update #1: Homelessness in BC: You can see pictures and videos but this was different

I saw her again last night. She wasn’t facing the wall and her head was laying on something. Her dirty blonde coloured hair fell down and across her face as she slept. I’ve never felt such sadness for another human and wish I had the means to help her. Prior to travelling to that community last night I thought about what I could give her that may make her days a little easier. Haven’t much myself but helping just a little would make me feel better. Perhaps giving her something as simple as coffee cards or a gift card may help and I thought about leaving them for her, but I don’t know if I could bare waking her or startling her as I neared. After all, it’s is in the middle of the night when I am there. Maybe one day I will travel to that community during daylight and will find her, but until then I will keep an eye open for her and will stop if she is awake.

My daughter says perhaps if she was or had a dog she may get some assistance as people are more compassionate towards animals than other humans. I still can’t help think about where her family is and how they can ignore her living like this.