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How You Can Help

1. Learn

Suspend judgement. Talk to your family, friends and colleagues about the causes and solutions for homelessness. See Homelessness FAQ.

Homeless persons often feel they are invisible – society’s pariahs that are either ignored or reviled by the rest of the community. So – say “hello”, start a conversation, treat the person as though they did matter. Be respectful and courteous.

Would you like an opportunity to sit down and talk with someone who is homeless? To find out what life is like from their perspective – the challenges of living without shelter, of being isolated from and shunned by the community surrounding them, their own stories? Here is your chance. You are cordially invited to attend the soup kitchen at St. Catherine’s Anglican Church, 2211 Prairie Ave. Port Coquitlam, any Wednesday from 12 – 2 PM – provided you take the time to chat with a homeless person who relies on this service for an occasional hot meal. No reservations required – just drop in.
For more information:
Monday – Friday daytime: contact church office 604-942-9812
Evenings and Weekends: contact Bernie Poitras 904-941-2408

2. Donate

The following items are currently required at the Coquitlam Shelter & Transitional Housing Facility, 3030 Gordon Ave:

  • New:
    • Men’s underwear, medium & large
    • Women’s underwear, small, medium & large
  • Gently Used:
    • Warm socks
    • Men’s and women’s coats
    • Men’s and women’s gloves
    • Running shoes
    • Belts

If you are able to provide any of the above items, please call the 3030 Gordon Ave. front desk, 24/7 at 604.474.0435, prior to drop off.

Donate funds to local organizations that are making a difference. To learn how, click here.

Give to a local food bank. 

3. Volunteer

Volunteer your time and skills – contact local organizations and ask how you can help. See Services.

4.  Advocate

Support local projects that will provide homes for people who need them.

Write a letter to the elected officials that represent your area. Tell them that more housing affordable to low income households including single persons is essential to reduce or eliminate homelessness.

To contact your mayor and councillors:

To contact individual councillors, refer to City of Coquitlam website

Port Coquitlam
To contact individual councillors, refer to City of Port Coquitlam website

Port Moody
To contact individual councillors, refer to City of Port Moody website

To contact your local MLA:

Coquitlam-Burke Mountain: Joan Isaacs.  E-mail

Coquitlam-Maillardville: Selina Robinson.  E-mail  Phone 604 933-2001

Port Coquitlam:  Mike Farnworth.  E-mail  Phone 604 927-2088

Port Moody-Coquitlam: Rick Glumac.  E-mail

To contact your local MP:

New Westminster–Coquitlam and Port Moody: Fin Donnelly.  E-mail  Phone: 604 664-9229

Coquitlam–Port Coquitlam: Ron McKinnon. E-mail Phone: 604-927-1080

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