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The Living Room Project

Background

On December 2008 TDCSS in conjunction with community action groups and the Seventh Day Adventist Church, began a new volunteer program to begin addressing the immediate needs of the chronic alcoholics and homeless in Terrace. The program was called the Homeless Outreach Program and consisted of a temporary day center that provided relief from the cold, a safe place to meet with others, washroom facilities, a bowl of hot soup when available, and a cup of coffee.

Volunteers donated their time to address needs as they became apparent. Warm coats, clothing, blankets, and other items were provided as available.

Initially this warming center was to be open only during the cold months and saw 10-20 people accessing the center each. That number quickly increased and the request to remain open was heard.

In September 2009, local businesses banded together to donate the monthly rental fees for the building allowing the Homeless Outreach Program's program to continue being offered all year around. Today Cambria Gordon continues to pay the rent.

 

About Us

The Living Room Project center is located on the Corner of Davis and Sparks (3312 Sparks St.) and is open from 8am-3pm Monday to Friday.

We provide the following services to those who visit us:

  • A warm friendly environment to connect with friends over a warm meal or cup of coffee

  • Food Share, clothing, furniture, and other donated supplies as available

  • Access to community services within the center such as: Community Health Nurse, Chiropractor, Nutritionist, First Nations Elders, Mental Health and Addictions, Smoking Cessation groups, Housing Advocacy, Dental Hygienist, and many others

  • Referrals to appropriate housing options

  • Referrals to income assistance

  • Referrals and linkages to the necessary community support services to address individual health and wellness needs

  • When appropriate, we accompany individuals to appointments

  • Tenancy support

  • Referral to Employment preparation skills such as: literacy, communication skills, basic computer skills, job search techniques, interview skills, resume and cover letter writing, job board

 

Donations

We welcome donations:

  • Monetary donations may be made on the TDCSS website

  • New or gently used adult/children's clothes (freshly washed) can be dropped off at the center

  • Toiletries

  • New or gently used towels/bedding

  • Fresh baking

  • Ground coffee/ whitener/ sugar

  • Food supplies

  • Household items (please speak to staff regarding larger items as space is limited)

  • Craft supplies

  • Table games

 

Opportunities for Involvement

Ways you can become involved in The Living Room Project:

  • Donate time and/or money

  • Sponser breakfast or lunch for a day/ month/ year

  • Volunteer to assist with takedown/cleanup on a Friday afternoon at 2:30pm

  • Offer to teach a craft or skill and/or provide the supplies

  • Come in and visit

 

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the center at: 778-634-3878