Giving the hopeless a home and family life
Organized by: Christopher Bowers
Melissa is a registered social worker, whose latest program she was working with, was cut by the BC Government. On her own time she works towards restoration, grounded in the belief in the resiliency of humans no matter how far down they have become. She is a single mom, with a mixed heritage of Irish Mowhawk and Cree. She continues on her own dime, helping provide a home and supervision for those she's rescued from the street. She's recognized as an Indigenous Community Safety Educator and Facilitator. She's received no support for her rescuing efforts. She is working towards her MEd, teaching workshops, and is a recognized leader in Domestic Sex Trafficking Education. She provides street people a home, with people they can be involved with, and help them find ways to contribute . She gives them support, supervision, meals and understanding as they navigate from hopelessness to wholeness. All this rescue work is on her own tab.. and she needs some support to keep this up for the seven or eight people she's supporting in her rented home. Her most recent addition to her 'family home' was beaten up 21 times in just over a month. She mistook him for a rubbish heap in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, took him to Emergency and started him on a road to recovery. She needs the funds to give him a RV that he can have as a home base on her property, giving him some dignity, yet also supervision.