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Homeless Action Week

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A Day in the Life of Homelessness Tours

HAW-poster2bFor the 2013 Homelessness Action Week, the Lookout Society is focusing on public awareness by offering tours of some of our facilities. The tours will visit a shelter, transitional housing and supportive housing. Along the way, Lookout staff will speak about the stages many people walk through and the support needed as they step out of life on the streets and into their own homes.

At each location visited, a photo art installation will be on display. The images capture “A day in the life of homelessness” and were taken by Lookout clients.

The tours take place Saturday, Oct. 19 and run for two hours. The first tour starts at 10 a.m. and the second at 1 p.m. Snacks will be served and transportation is provided.

Spots are limited for the tour. People can reserve a spot by emailing or call 604-255-0340. The tours are suitable for all age groups and families are welcome.


Other Lookout Society events

• Tuesday, Oct. 15 – Community Dinner and Music at North Lonsdale United Church (3380 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver) in partnership with Sharing Abundance (A $5 donation for dinner is optional) starting at 5:30 p.m.

• Wednesday, Oct. 16 – North Shore Connect Day, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. —Everyone is welcome, all services are free. John Braithwaite Community Centre, 145 1st St W., North Vancouver
- Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and Lunch at 1 p.m. Services provided: Health Clinic, Foot Care, Flu vaccines, Clothing vouchers, Shoes, Socks, Hygiene Kits, Hair Cuts, Housing outreach, Employment programs, Income assistance advocacy, Swim/Skate/Fitness access cards, Leisure Access Counsellor, Counselling/Mental Health Programs, Drug/Alcohol Programs and Smoking Cessation.
- Youth Dinner – 5 to 9 p.m. at the Youth Safe House Open to present and past youth. Incudes Fun Activities, Housing & Shelter outreach, Hygiene Kits and Flu shots

• Thursday, Oct. 17 - Mothers & Kids Lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Salvation Army (105 West 12th St., North Vancouver). Chance to learn more about services & assistance available to families. Includes: Hair Cuts, Clothing vouchers, Employment programs, Counselling programs, Swim/Skate/Fitness access cards and Free child minding provided

• Friday, Oct. 18 – Senior’s Tea from 10 a.m. to noon at the North Shore Neighbourhood House, Marcino Room (225 East 2nd St. North Vancouver) with tea and light snacks served.
- Open Mic at Lookout Shelter, 12:30 p.m. (Lookout Shelter, 705 West 2nd St., North Vancouver)

• Saturday, Oct. 19 - Street Soccer Exhibition Game at 4:30 p.m. (John Braithwaite Community Centre, 145 1st St W., North Vancouver). Teams from North Shore & across the Lower Mainland playing with dinner after games for all players (hosted by Salvation Army).


 Vancouver events

• Gala Art Evening – Art Sale, Silent and Live Auction. Come to a lively public art gala that follows a week-long exhibition of artwork by well-known established artists and by homeless, at-risk, and recently-housed artists. This is your opportunity to purchase art in all mediums, along with creatively and beautifully transformed art and functional umbrellas.
Friday October 18, 7pm at the Atrium, Vancouver Community College Downtown Campus, 250 W. Pender St. (enter from Hamilton at Dunsmuir)
• Out of the Rain – Week-Long Art Exhibit. Visit this unique art exhibition where many of Vancouver's established, homeless, at risk, and recently housed artists are exhibiting their work, with art as the medium to highlight the benefits of safe and decent housing. Preview auction items for the October 18th Gala Art Evening, and place an advance bid if you can't attend the Gala.
Friday October 12-18. The exhibit will be open for viewing during regular College hours at the Atrium, Vancouver Community College Downtown Campus, 250 W. Pender St. (enter from Hamilton at Dunsmuir)
• Beauty and the City Beast: Art, Nature and Health in the Built Environment, A presentation by Dr. Trevor Hancock. Come to this thought-provoking and engaging talk by Dr. Trevor Hancock. According to Dr. Hancock, we cannot underestimate the role that beauty plays in health and well-being - beauty being visual art, performance, music, dance, other art, and the connection we have with nature.
Tuesday October 15, 7pm (doors 6:30) in Room 240, Vancouver Community College Downtown Campus, 250 W. Pender St.
• Shiamak’s Dance for Good. Put on your dancing shoes and join us for an hour of fun and inspiring community dance prior to Dr. Hancock's presentation. Donations of new socks, toques (warm hats) and gloves for the homeless will be accepted.
Tuesday October 15, 5pm-6pm at the Atrium of Woodward's building at 111 West Hastings St.
 • “Art as a Catalyst for Change” lunch-time plenary and art tour. Bring your lunch and join us at this noon-time Knowledge Café for three engaging presentations on “Homelessness: The Myth,” “Arts, meet Health: Health, meet Arts,” and “Art as Survival,” followed by a tour of the Out of the Rain art exhibit led by artist, Leef Evans.
Wednesday October 16, 12pm – 1pm in Room 240, Vancouver Community College Downtown Campus, 250 W. Pender St.
• Invisible Night: An Evening of Art, Film and Dialogue about Youth Homelessness. Join local social justice film-screening group, Reel Causes, for an awesome evening of art and film to raise awareness about youth homelessness. Attend a special art reception, and come watch, Sugar, the 2013 award-winning film of a young girl trying to survive on the streets of Venice Beach, California. Post-film panel discussion with Sugar director Rotimi Rainwater by Skype, Judy Graves (Advocate for the Homeless), and others.
Thursday October 17, 5:30pm-6:30pm at the Atrium, Vancouver Community College Downtown Campus, 250 W. Pender St. (enter from Hamilton at Dunsmuir)
A complete list of Vancouver Homeless Action Week events can be found on the City of Vancouver website while Metro Vancouver events are listed on the website