Homeless Outreach has been in operation in Cranbrook since November 2008.  Homeless Outreach serves community members who are experiencing or are at risk of some level of homelessness.  The purpose of this program is to provide assistance to singles, couples and families in seeking, obtaining and maintaining housing.  Homeless Outreach endeavours to connect street involved, marginalized, transient and new Cranbrookites to services in Cranbrook.

Homelessness Prevention Program is a newer program then Homeless Outreach, having its start in November 2014.  Its purpose is to engage with women leaving abuse, First Nations or Aboriginal peoples, youth at risk or people leaving the health or corrections system.  It is the purpose of this program to prevent homelessness in these 4 specific populations.

Both Homeless Outreach and Homelessness Prevention provide direct, flexible, client centred front line services to individuals and families who are homeless or are facing homelessness. We work with the individual and other services to assist in finding suitable, safe and affordable housing options in our community.

For more information on either program, please call 778.517.5355.

 

As a kick off to the Coldest Night of the Year Homeless Outreach & Prevention with support from our sponsors the Heid Out and the Keys to Home Project are pleased to be bringing US and THEM to Cranbrook.  US and THEM is a powerful documentary that has gained national recognition for bringing attention to the issues of homelessness and addiction.

 

The screening will take place on:

Monday, November the 13th at 7:00 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre in Cranbrook. 

Tickets are by donation with all proceeds going to the Homeless Outreach & Prevention Program. 

Tickets are available at the theatre or can be picked up in advance at Community Connections Society of Southeast BC at 209 A 16th Avenue North, Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. As seating is limited it is advised that tickets are picked up in advance. 

The theatre is offering a discounted rate on a medium combo at concession for the US and THEM screening only.

 

US AND THEM has been touring Canadian communities in 2017 and the response after every show has been incredible.  Audience members are leaving with a newfound compassion and desire to help the chronically homeless.

US AND THEM was written and directed by Krista Loughton and award-winning filmmaker Jennifer Abbott who joined the project in 2013. Abbott is the co-director and editor of the widely acclaimed film THE CORPORATION, one of Canada’s most successful documentaries.

The Canadian tour of US AND THEM included an exclusive screening on Parliament Hill for all of Canada’s MPs on September 26. The event was hosted by the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.

Through Coldest Night of the Year and US and THEM the communities of Cranbrook and Kimberley are linking with national efforts to raise awareness about homelessness and addiction through a compassionate lens. At a time when Canada is in the midst of both a housing and opioid crisis, a national effort to raise awareness about homelessness and addiction through a compassionate lens has never been more relevant.

Erin Pan and Tracy Pound of Homeless Outreach & Prevention will be in attendance and will be available after the screening to provide support and to answer questions pertaining to the local homelessness situation.