Rhoda Kaellis Residence
New Westminster, British Columbia

Rhoda Kaellis Residence is a supportive and transitional housing development recently built on Royal Avenue in New Westminster. The residence has 24 apartments for those with a history of homelessness, mental health issues and substance abuse. Residents of the 11 transitional apartments receive housing with support services for up to two years while the other 13 are affordable units that provide permanent independent housing

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  • Rhoda Kaellis Residence, 1105 Royal Ave , Wrapping instructions: Please include the name, ID# (Assigned ID), a description of the gift, the size of the gift, and name of the shelter. Dropoff Details: Please drop off at 1105 Royal Avenue, New Westminster with the following: -gift labeled with first name and last initial -what the item is on the back of the gift tag -separate any personal letters or notes. Shelter address: Rhoda Kaellis Residence - New Westminster, 1105 Royal Avenue, New Westminster. Phone: 604-544-5145
  • Cliff Block, 606 Clarkson St, New Westminster , Please drop off gifts at the Cliff block, Sunday to Thursday from 7am-3pm just ask for Adriana. Phone: 604-523-9126. Please make sure the gift is labeled with first name and last initial/assigned id - with a description of the gift on the back of the gift tag, separate from any personal letters or notes you wish to include.

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The first time I had to sleep outside it was cold and wet. I used to be a commericial fisherman and really liked it.
I have health issues that prevent me from working and so I don't have any money. The hardest part of life is dealing with poor health and no money. Becasue I have no money I haven't been able to get any clothes and being XXXL I really need some new clothes.
The only time I feel happy is when I'm feeling well. Pray that my health gets better.

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Brian was born at Lionsgate Hospital in North Vancouver in the early 1960s. The first time that he slept outside was in the back of a station wagon in 1998 in North Vancouver in the Squamish Nation Land. He has worked in the past doing Search & Rescue, and is currently working on a Missing Persons page. Finding permanent housing has been one of the most problematic things for Brian, also making other aspects of life difficult. He is happy that his BC Housing has been approved, and feels that it is one of the things going in his favor right now. With unlimited resources, Brian would go traveling. Brian is very happy about the Homeless Partners initiatives.

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I was born in Burnaby and went to Norway when I was 3 months old, then came back at 3 and a half years and lived in Vancouver for a while a block from the beach. At 4 and a half I came back to the west. I have worked in a bakery, as a house cleaner, & cleaning offices. I have also worked as a hairstylist in New Westminister, Vancouver, Coquitlam & Guildford. I have also worked as a cashier in Army & Navy. I landed in the psychiatric ward in St. Paul's when I was 16. I like the place where I live. I have two good friends, Tyler & Brian and they make me happy. I would like to have my own business. I would like people to pray for my diabetes and my bi-polar condition, that I stay well. I keep in touch with my family, they are busy. I see my mom regularly. I am a believer too and I do a lot of praying. I thought it was nice to ask what I want prayer for and I like to pray for others.

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Kathleen is originally from Montreal. The first time she slept outside she was 14, felt abandoned, lonely and afraid. Her family are Jehovah Witnesses and due to some circumstances there was child sexual abuse, which led to Kathleen leaving home. She has worked as a teacher's aide at Edmonds School in Burnaby, as a nurse's aide at Buchanan Lodge in New Westminster. She has also been a foster parent / counselor in a foster home in Vancouver for physically and/or sexually abused children, as well as with teenaged girls who were pregnant. Being a foster parent has contributed to her healing. The hardest part for Kathleen is being so alone. Her dog, who she has had for 13 years makes her very happy and means the world to her. If Kathleen had unlimited resources she would have a large place with enough space to take in abused dogs. Kathleen would appreciate prayers for her daughter and grand-daughter. Kathleen's words of gratitude: "I just would really like to say Thank-You for any help, gift I may receive for myself and Max (dog). It's very much appreciated."

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Greg is originally from Vancouver. He was 52 when I first slept outside and did not like it at all. Greg got out of the hospital and was forced to sleep outside as he had no other place to live. He has worked in the transportation business (driving a truck) but cannot do that now due to health issues. Poor health has been the most significant contributor to Greg's difficulties in life. It's hardest form him going from day to day feeling low. Sunshine makes him feel happy. Greg would appreciate prayers for his health.Cl

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Shea is originally from Vancouver. He has done many kinds of work: maintenance (janitorial), shipping/ receiving, lumber, gas-stations, construction site, but has most liked shipping/receiving. He wants to try to work at a warehouse or Superstore. Diabetes has been the source of Shea's biggest difficulties in life. And he worries about his future. Shea is happy when he communicates with others.

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Linda is originally from Vancouver. She ran away from home when she was 11 years, and it was really scary. Linda has worked in commercial fishing as well as cleaning streets. At this time she would like to find work that is less physically demanding. Body pain has been a significant contributor to difficulties in her life. She feels happy with animals and with her mother. Linda does not feel that anything is currently going well for her. If she had unlimited resources, she would get her son back. She would appreciate prayers for her sick mother. Linda would like to reconnect with her son, David, and two daughters, Marie & Sarah.

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Lori is originally from South Vancouver. She has worked as a nurse's aide, file clerk, cashier, medical receptionist. She would like to find part time work dish washing. Insomnia has contributed much to her current difficulties. Lori feels most happy when she is with family. If she had unlimited resources she would purchase a house. Lori would like prayers to help her overcome insomnia and schizophrenia.

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Peter is originally from the North American continent. The first time he slept out was at a skytrain when he was 14 and did not obey his parents and left home. Peter later went to a group home. Peter worked trading though he did not like the job, but did it to meet his needs. He has struggled finding things he feels successful doing. The hardest part of his life is struggling with the status of where he is at currently in life. Peter is happiest when he is making others happy. He is grateful for the roof over his head and a warm bed to sleep in. If Peter had unlimited resources he would sleep for 7 days straight. He would like prayer for direction in his life. Peter would like to reconnect with his sister, April. war

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Bryan is originally from Ontario, born in the 1986. The first time he slept outside was at the age of 21: he had no work and slept on a roof; it was very cold. He has been unable to find employment due to a disability. Bryan thinks that IT work would be awesome. He would be very happy to have a home. His 2 cats are amongst his favourite things in life right now.

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Sid is originally from Lytton and Lillooet BC. He first slept outside when he was 50; it was winter and very cold. Sid worked for BC Rail 30 years and is now retired. Addictions have contributed most to the difficulties in his life. It has been hardest being homeless for decades. Sid would be very happy to get a home. He is happy to contact family again. If Sid had unlimited resources he would retire. Please pray for Sid to have better health.

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