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THURSDAY, JULY 1ST
Here we are, blessed to see another month.
As you know we like to take the beginning of each month to reflect on our previous months activities, progress and ways we can improve.
June was no exception to our more recent busy months - we have learned a lot!
Let's take a look at what went on!
♡ Meals Distributed: 3208
♡ Naloxone Kits Distributed: 68
♡ Safe Use Supplies Distributed: 127
♡ Overdoses: 2
♡ Fatal Overdoses: 0
♡ Urgent Calls: 6
♡ New friends 6
Throughout the month our team, our clients and our community partners have faced many great obstacles and barriers within our vulnerable community.
However, it is with great compassion and strength that each one has been able to continue to push through, speak up and remain strong.
As the Go-Give team remains committed to providing respite to our vulnerable community members, we wish to thank all those involved in providing a safe space and a voice to our people.
We see you, and we appreciate you.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30TH
A BIG THANK YOU - to Caitlin!
Caitlin is the Human Resources Coordinator for Emcon Services inc - Sudbury Division and she has teamed up with her daughter and pulled together a MASSIVE haul for our Go-Give clients.
Her donations included:
☆15 cases of water
☆36 boxes of granola bars
☆24 packages of utensils
☆48 packages of pudding
☆94 individual meals
We can not begin to express our gratitude!
On behalf of out team and clients - Thank you Caitlin!
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30TH
Just to be clear - there were more than 18 people in Memorial Park - many were not present at the time of clearing.
Their belongings were not taken with consent.
They were removed with out permission - to be stored in a city wharehouse in which they have NOT been provided access.
GSP notified the clients that they will "return" the belongings on Friday - after tommorows event.
This is an abuse of power and an abuse of human rights.
One man was left in the rain, with one shoe - as he was not given time to prepare before his things were piled in a nearby city truck.
We are utterly astonished that we had to witness this, not to mention our people had to endure this.
We are trying..
Thank you to all of the community members who came out to provide help and support. You are appreciated.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30TH
Half way through another week.
Today our clients are in the process of being removed from Memorial Park.
While our team can understand the risks and tensions that had been building up, in such a highly populated place - we knew we could not ask them to leave with out an alternative location.
That being said our team reached out the City of Greater Sudbury - to seek more information as to what can be done.
At this time The City of Greater Sudbury has graced us with the following response:
" Under a Housing focused policy, the City is encouraging people who are experiencing homelessness to access the indoor shelter and warming centre services available (there continues to be available shelter beds every night), and to connect with the community supports available to assist in accessing housing. The City will not be setting up or supporting a site where people can remain unsheltered outdoors. The park continues to be available for use by everyone during the day."
As of today the YMCA warming center is now closed.
We are left with the Off The Street Shelter which currently houses 35 beds.
SACY has 6 youth beds.
Cedar Place Womens and Family Shelter is a high barrier shelter that collects mandatory financial information while requiring the client client be actively looking for housing. Additional services are subject to small fees from the client - Many find this difficult to access.
The Samaritan Center has posed similar barriers and obstacles for our indigenous clients.
The Go-Give Registry contains 161 Clients to date.
The Sudbury Star has also quoted:
"Over night shelter services see a decrease in clients during the summer, and there is currently adequate available shelter space to accommodate residents who may require these services."
We don't have answers yet. We still haven't concluded any real solutions.
We do know that action must be taken.
These decisions and calls are being made by individuals who have likely - not stepped out of their offices.
By those who do not engage with our vulnerable population.
Essentially by those ignorant to the first hand issues that we are dealing with.
Our team is tired but, our clients more so.
We need to stand up, stand together and most importantly we need to educate the people in power.
We are dealing with human lives. Human spirits.
We must change the way we think as a community.
We appreciate all of your kindess and support through this endeavor. We truly could not have made it this far with out you!
The Go Give Team!
MONDAY, JUNE 28TH
We are wishing you all a happy and healthy week ahead!
Thank you to everyone who responded to our call for donations last week - once again we are overwhelmed by your support!
We now have approximately 3 days to help out clients remove there encampments from Memorial Park.
At this time we are still in need of some of the following:
• Used tents (without tears)
• Bag packs and large bags
• Rain Ponchos
• Bug Spray
• Baseball Caps
Monetary donations are being accepted at
We can not thank you all enough for your support! Together we CAN make a difference!
MONDAY MAY 10TH
In light of the increased number of overdoses these past few weeks we would like to send out a reminder on the 5 Steps to responding to an opiod overdose.
The infographic below can be found in all naloxone kits.
Naloxone is a potentially live saving drug that can temporarily reverse the effects of an overdose.
It is essential to ALWAYS call 9-1-1 when responding to an overdose.
To learn more about Naloxone or to obtain your FREE kit please reach out to a team member today or visit phsd.ca
We continue to thank you all for your kindess and support! We could not do this without you!
The Go-Give Team!
APRIL 25TH 2021
A BIG THANK YOU
It is with sincere gratitude that we extend our warmest thank you to the Church of the Epiphany (Anglican) for their recent donation of Five Hundred Dollars!
Our Team will allocate these funds to our seasonal summer supplies and mileage costs.
We are overwhelmed with appreciation!
The Go-Give Team!
APRIL 24TH 2021
The Go-Give Team introduced Social Saturdays!
A big thank you to all of our volunteers who put in the hard work to make this possible!
We appreciate you!
APRIL 22ND 2021
On behalf of the Go-Give Team and our clients, we wish to thank you all for your kindness and support.
You have all demonstrated that together we CAN make a difference!
We could not do this without you!
You are appreciated!
APRIL 15TH 2021
MARCH 20TH 2021
3 short months ago our team invested in their very first sharps containers to aid in the health and safety of our community.
It was one small step, that was about to become one giant leap!
Today we work with our local public health in order to promote our safe injection collection and needle exchange program.
We are also authorized for mobile Naloxone distribution and training for our vulnerable community.
It is with both happiness and gratitude that we now move forward and get ready for the launch of our Safe Sex Workers line.
At Go-Give we have a zero-tolerance discrimination and/or bullying.
We know the risks and believe it is our ethical duty to see that our vulnerable community members have access to the harm reduction supplies they need.
Our outreach program now operates 7 nights a week!
We continue to thank you all kindly for your support, we could not do this without you!
MARCH 17TH 2021
With the warm weather approaching some our our clients needs will be changing. 🌡
Our team will no be shifting our focus from emergency blankets to sunscreen! ☀️
Although excited that our friends won't be battling the bitter cold, we do recognize that the upcoming heat poses new risks and concerns. 🥵
Our team is looking for the following items to assist with our spring/summer transition! 🤠
☆ Rain Ponchos 🌧
☆ Hand creams & Lip Chaps👄
☆ Toiletries 🧽
☆ Flip Flops🦶
☆ Bug Spray 🦟
☆ Baseball caps 🧢
☆ Ice packs 🧊
☆ Backpacks 🎒
☆ First Aid Supplies 🩹
MARCH 16TH 2021
MARCH 13TH 2021
Naloxone is a potentially life saving drug that can temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.
Ease of access is crucial when living in an opiate affected community.
Our team takes great care in the mobile delivery and distribution of Naloxone, to our most vulnerable community members in the Greater Sudbury Area.
To find out more or to learn how to obtain your FREE kit, please visit phsd.ca or reach out to a Go-Give team member today!
We continue to thank you all for your support!
MARCH 8TH 2021
Last Week's Stats
Meals distributed: 1018
Naloxone kits distributed: 4
Overnight visits: 0
Fatal overdoses: 0
Urgent calls: 1