Al Mitchell Place
Vancouver, British Columbia

The Al Mitchell Place Shelter is located in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and provides 46 year-round minimum-barrier shelter beds to meet the needs of adult men and women.
The Hazelton Residence is a 39-bed housing resource located above the Al Mitchell Place Shelter. The residents are adults and seniors who have few if any housing options and a chronic history of homelessness.

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  • Al Mitchell Place, 346 Alexander St, Vancouver , Our Shelter is staffed 24 hours a day however if you could avoid meal time between 8 to 9 am, noon to 1pm and 5 to 6 pm that would be appreciated. Please ask for Scott the Supervisor.Please clearly label the present with the first name, last initial and ID#. A description of the present should be kept separate from any personal notes or cards you wish to include.

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I'm originally from Nova Scotia, but I've now lived in Vancouver for 45 years. I was 50 years old the first time I had to sleep outside. It was scary at first and I tried to stay away fromthe Downtown Easat side of Vancouver. I recently became homeless again because the building I could afford was full of drug users and dealers and I just couldn't stay there.
I am a cook and have worked in restaurants and camps. I even knew Karen O-Shanessy (Founder of Lookout) when she first started the Lookout.
I had a drinking problem for a long time. in 2012 I was diagnosed with cancer and then couldn't work. I have a pension now and I really want to move awy from the DTES.
The hardest period of my life was the 40 years spent drinking. I had no spirit, At the time I would rather drink and have to sleep outside rather than pay rent. But now I'm 65 and it's too cold outside. I'm too old to be homeless.
These days I am happy everyday I wake up sober with another day to enjoy. With cancer everyday really is a blessing. If I had a bus pass or the ability to get around and go where I needed to go whenever I wanted that would help me so much in life.
If I had unlimited funds I would find a nice apartment away from drugs and alcohol. I would like prayers to help beat cancer, I pray everyday.
Being 65 - I want to live my last few years in peace & quiet.

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I am from Prince George BC. The first time I slept outside I was 12 years old. I came from a dis-functional home and life was hard as a kid.
I have done mill-work, chain-link fencing and I have helped people with addictions. I liked helping people on the street the best. I will be trying to do that again in the future.
My addiction problems in the past have contributed a lot to my problems. a broken home growing up as well.
The hardest part of life has been coming back from breaking my back. I lost everything I worked so hard to get. I 'm almost completely healed from it and hope to get out of my slump soon.
My kids make me happy hearing about their lives, seeing my kids playing sports also makes me happy.
If I had unlimited resources I try to focus on solving homelessness and addictions in BC.
Pray for me to find my way in life again.

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I became homeless when I came to Vacnouver in 2011 at age 30. I'm originally from Niagra Falls, New York. I remember it was cold the first time I slept outside.
I'm waiting for my citizenship papers to come in.
In 2012 my left arm got macheeted.
Being in a warm place and able to be in the same shetler with my wife Jane makes me happy.
I can't even think about what I would do with unlimited resources. I'm just living one day at a time.
Pray fro me and Jane to find good housing.

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I'm from Winnipeg Manitoba, I came to Vancouver in 1993. The first time I slept outside was in 1997. I had just got out of BCCW I was 27 at the time.
I worked for Cromwell fire and flood restoration. what I liked about my work was that I travelled all over Vancouver and outside of Vancouver. I would love to go back to work for them again.
I think the hardest part of my life is not having a place for me and my partner to live.
What makes me happy is that I have my spouse David with me in a Shelter.
Pray for me and David to suceed and find a place to live.

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I'm originally from Manitoba, I was very cold the first time I slept out. I have no where else to go. I had been staying in a rooming house but I was evicted. I was only 17 years of age.
I have worked in warhouses I like the physical and mental activity of it. I would like to go back to working in a warehouse.
My biggest difficuty is not having stable housing. I need a stable base. I need a home.
I enjoy camping. If I could have anyting I would go to the cinema, I really enjoy 3D films
Pray that I have good health and fortune.

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I'm from Flim Flom Manitoba, I was born in Yellowknife.
Being irresponsible and selfish led me to beign homless the first time. I had nothing, I felt lost. My son had died. I wetn out and gave up. I was with my wife for 19 years before that My son was eight when he died.
I really enjoy being left alone to my own deivces with peace and solitude - to carve, draw and read.
I really want to be able to carve again. Someone smashed my carvng kit while I was sleeping. That really killed me.
I'd be happy with a half decent place to live so I can do some carving again.

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I am originally from Edmonton. I move here after losing my wife to a drunk driver and getting laid off.
The first time I slept out was cold and scary I was a kid and my mother kicked me out. I was 15 years old.
I worked out of town for camp compuses for many years as well as warehouse work. I would be happy with either again.
My problems with drugs have been the thing that keeps me down. It's hard to pay bills of go to work. I lack the general knowledge to take care of myself.
My family makes me happy. The fact I finally have a roof over my head is what is going well.
If I had unlimited resources, It's not much, I would take $5000 and start a hotdog cart it's quiet and simple and I'm good with people.
Pray that my daughter and family are safe and that they be happy.
I llove to see my daughter, Emma is 7 years old, she lives in Edmonton, but I don't have the means to visit.

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I was born in Scarborough, Ontario. I was in an orphanage from ages 5 to 10 in Willowdale Ontario.
I became homeless April 20, 2016. I was the primary care giver to a 67 year old whose husband past on in 2004. She has M.D. and is now at evergreen nursing home in North Van. We were evicted because the new Management of our residence in Surrey disrespected and manipulated M. (so I threatened them verbally) M. has been confined to a wheelchair since she was 5 years old and didn't deserve the verbal abuse that she received. After exhausting our savings at the local motel we were officially homeless. We ended up at the North Shore Lookout Shelter in May 2016. M. developed a severe infection and ended up in Hospital for 10 weeks while I tried to search for housing for both of us, but we couldn't use the only place we's lived for the last 10 year as a reference. So with M. in hospital my days were numbered at teh Shelter. Which ended Sept 1. I spent the next 96 days in the bush or under a bridge. I got kicked out of campsites after campsite until finally I found 1 person who cared (James from North Shore outreach) he managed to get me in the Al Mitchell Shelter.
I lost most of my belongings including, samsung cell phone, all my BC ID and compass card with a balance remaining. One of the major problems with homeless ness is trying to survive day to day and still maintain what you have left in life whether it e humanity or material.
I've been on PWD since 2008 with a broken back but that pain is no worse then the pain of thinking that there's no one out their that cares to even hear my story of which I've only touched on.
I really don't need anything else I thought of asking for M to be happy, like I once saw her but that won't happen unitl weve got our own place again, it doesn't have to be much, just have acces for handicap to get through the door.
I made a promise to here late husband C. that I would take care of M. I think I've done pretty good but feel like I've failed in the last 6 months.

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I am originally from Kitsilano, BC.

As a result of my divorce from my wife of many years, I lost everything. I have lived in my truck for over a year.

I am an electrician by trade.

I am trying to connect back with my children and grandchildren, but due to my addictions i am unable to, and i feel terrible about my situation.

Please think of me and pray for my families continued health and wellbeing.

Thank you!

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I am originally from Calgary and I am Vietnamese.

I was abandoned by my mother at age 10 to be raised by my step father.

I have worked construction, cooking, and my dream job is acting.

Please pray for my health and wellbeing and that of my dog

Thank you for your contribution.

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I was originally in the military but i was cut out at age 18.

I wanted to help people and I am sad i wasnt able to.

I have ADHD and depression.

Thank you for your donations, they mean the world!

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I am from Vancouver, BC.

I am originally from Prince George and was raised in Smithers.

I worked in warehouses.

I am tired of being homeless and i want to do something positive with my life.

Thank you for your donations, they mean the world!

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I am originally from Alberta.

I was self-employed and due to limited resources u was unable to find work and my helath was worsening.

I was also hit by a car in Vancoiuver and was in thw hospital for a few months.

I am very thankful to shelter staff for helping me with my housing concerns. i am still on the way to living my best life.

Thank you for your donations, they mean the world!

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I have been homeless for roughly 7 months.

I dumpster dive to get by.
I love bicycles and i wish i could afford a motor cycle so i could have the freedom to go where i please.

I have been a long time client with lookout, and have had a very hard time maintaining housing. I want to secure housing but due to my barriers i cannot.

I go to the getaway shelter as my mainarea of long term support.

Thank you for your donations, they mean the world!

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I was born in Vancouver BC. The first time I was homeless I was twenty five and my boyfriend "threw me out" I couldn't believe that I had no alternative solution to my housing emergency at the time. I felt disbelief, shock, sadness, and resentment. Eventually with EXTREME gratitiude for services that helped me with shelter, including, WISH, Women's Centre, Carnegie outreach, and many more.
I have worked as a server, babysitter, tutor, tree-planter, phone agent (sales), and constrution worker, to name a few.
Not having family support has contributed most to my difficulties. My homelessness alienates me from the people I love and miss. The more desperate my circumstances the more lonely I feel. The more lonely I feel the more I miss my folks. People generally want to be around us when we are doing well, though.
Things that make me happy are: laughing, clothes, music, wholesome food, exercise, and books.
I would like to someday get a degree in Psychology.
Pray for me to be in a postion to be of geuine help/ service to others sooner rather than later.

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I was born in Toronto and am now 44 years old.
I Taught Art and Drama for 20 years, I was also a Children's entertainer for 10 years, as well as a painter, lanscaper.
I feel much better here at the Shelter then where I was. I Really Appreciate the team support, Shelter, food, Laundry, Guidance, security and warmth

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I'm from Red Deer, Alberta, but have also live in Ontario. I am staying in a homeless shelter, I'm on dissability.
I always seem to act on a whim which gets me into the type of situations like what I am in now. I feel the hardest part of my life is living with a bad case of PTSD which puts barriers in all areas of my life. Being in Vancouver is scary for me because of all the opennedd with the drug situation.
My counsellor, Olivia in Barrie Ontario makes me the most happy. She actually cares. Right now not much is going well othere than I have a roof over my head and 3 square meals a day.
If I had unlimited resources I would buy food and a trip back to ontario.
Pray that I survive through this hard part of my life. To be strong everytime I smash I be strong enough to not go and do it myself.

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The Hazelton staff wanted to get Lawrence a wall clock for Christmas. Lawrence is funny and he loves to sing. I would describe him as eccentric with his long hear and fascination with the time of day.

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  • Wall Clock

I grew up on a farm in Langley with lots of horsesand other animals.
I was very very scared and wet the first time I slept out. I thank God it was only a few days before I got into a church shelter.
I trained race horses for show and then I worked as a vet's assistant and a little in the restaurant industry. I would love to work with animals again but my health issues do not permit me to work.
My life is made difficult mainly because of my health and mobility issues and that I have no family to speak of and no one I can really rely on for help, not that I ask for help to begin with. I haven't seen my daughter since she was 17 and moved away with hre boyfriend. I have a 6 year old grandson I've never even met.
The hardest part has been the past 8 months having no place of my own I left home at 14 years old and am homless at 52 years old.
My cat rings me great joy and I can't wait to have her back in my life. 8 months without her I feel like a part of me is missing I also love to watch TV.
If I had unlimited resources I would donate money to worthy causes.

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I am from Vancouver BC.
I worked 58 years as Automotive Partsman.
My difficulties are from my disability, my knees are in so much pain.
I'm happy to live in Peace (not in pieces)

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I am from Ontario.

I was cut off welfare and this has contributed to my homelessness.

I work as a volunteer and i cook.

I want to improve my life and the lives of my grandchildren

Thank you for your consideration

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I am originally from Windsor, Ontario.

I have Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Lupus and that has been very difficult for me.

I have also struggled with addiciton issues and behavioral problems. In summary I have many barriers to housing and a better life.

I want to go back to my family and to do this i have to get my life back together.

Thank you for your contribution.

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I am from Ontario.

I have done stone work, and would like to get a brick apprenticeship. i want to learn more as i am still young so i can start my life again.

I have undergone heartaches and lost realtionships as a result of being homeless.

If i had unlimited resources, i would help people, and turn people's lives around, just like i am trying to do right now for myself.

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I am from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

I am living wiht my dog on the street.

I enjoyed working construction and I am sad that i cannot do it anymore.

I live for good friends and a balanced lifestyle.

Thank you for your donations, they mean the world!

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I am from Vancouver, BC.

I worked in long term care and I enjoyed working with people.

I have a condition where it makes it hard to breathe, Breathing is very hard for me. I want health and happiness in my life.

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I am 70 years old and my life has been very hard up to this point. I left my hometown of Montreal due to conflicts with my family.

My favorite thing to do is to draw comic book style. it is relaxing.

Thank you for your donations, they mean the world!

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I had 21 siblings growing up. 18 are still aboe ground. of these 18 my brother *Darrel andI grew up the closest. He was my best friend. Many people even thought he and I were twins because we would finish eachothers sentences and such. We grew up in foster care together from a very young age.
Through out the years, Daniel and I experiences much termoil, moving from foster home to foster home, going through being terribly mistreated.
When we were teenagers. Daniel and I grew apart. He did his thing and I did mine. I haven't seen or heard from him since March 2012. I love and miss Darrel so much. Sometimes I cry myself to sleep at night worried sick wondering where he might be and if he's okay. I often dream of a reuion. All I know is that he's on the island and that I'd die to see him for Christmas.
*Darrel - name changed for confidentiality

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I was born in Quesnel, BC. The first time I slept outside I was hitchhiking from Quesnel to Prince Rupert with a friend. I was only 15years old.
I have worked in logging, lumber mills, and in the oil patch, but I'm also an artist. I would love to be ableto do art for a carrier, teaching art to others would be so great as a job.
Most of my difficulties in life are from my drinking, but two of the most traumitic things to happen to me was losing my Dad, and also losing my marriage.
I'm happiest when I'm making art, selling it also so reqarding. For me it's going well because I get to know myself a little bit more everyday.
If I had unlimited resources I would definitly be a philanthropist.
Pray for health and happiness for my friends and family.

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  • Work coat high visibility and waterproof medium

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  • work boots or shoes, size 9 mens

  • underwear especially thermal size medium

I'm from East Vancouver. The frist time I was homeless is was horrible, cold, wet, lonely, scary and embarrassing. I was evicted at 17 years old.
I've worked in all kinds of places, foodbeverage, Greyhound, SPCA, Chveron, Casino, Two small mens moving. You name it I've done it. I loved all my jobs. I would love to work at Lookout or Evelne Saller Centre or Union Gospel Mission.
My biggest stumbling block in life was having a disfuntional family. I was sexually abuse by an off duty corrections officer for 3 years when I was 14 to 17 years old. I was being threatened, raped, intimidated, degrated and it has traumatized me.
Things I struggle with are finding safe affordable housing, staying clean and sober, being very stobborn, and trusting people.
I'm happy when I have unconditional love, solid friends, trust, and work. I like going to church, praying volunteering, and Chocolate. I also is nice when the bills are paid, when I have my own place, when I have stability. I'm also happy when I wear a silver cross, share a special bond with firends and help others.
If I had unlimited resoures I would retire.
Pray that my mother gets out of the hospital in time for Christmas. and that I find a warm home to safely lay my head.

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I ran away from home at the age of 15, and never went back. Homelife was difficult for me.

Due to my C 6 and 7 vertebrae being broken, i can no longer work and this was the result of a work place incident.

I just want a safe place to live and clothes is all i need to look presentable and move forward in my life.

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