From a Homeowner

A 30-year resident of Abbotsford called the police nearly 500 times in the 15 years since the Salvation Army opened down the street from her home. “Calling the police did nothing but make me more angry, desperate and hopeless,” she recounts. “Then, though I didn’t know it—and would have fully disapproved if I had, the Fraser Health Authority provided funds to a group of homeless and drug using people. The funds allowed them to better-organize themselves… to the point that one day they decided to try to help the crazy, angry lady that I was. When they first approached me, I didn’t want to have anything to do with them. But I found myself slowly softening to their attempts to just be friendly. Then, like a switch had suddenly clicked inside me, my life changed…

“In some ways, the situation on the ground around my home has changed very little, but I’m now happier than I’ve been in the 15 years since the Sally Ann moved into town… and I’m also living proof that a person can go from being pissed and hopeless to passionate and excited, even about these tough issues where there are no easy answers.”


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