North Shore Housing Centre
North Vancouver, British Columbia

The North Shore Shelter provides 45 year-round minimum-barrier shelter beds and up to 20 overflow sleeping mats available during extreme weather. The need for a shelter on the North Shore, one of the richest communities in Canada, was identified through Lookout's shelter operating in one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Canada. Further investigation discovered the North Shore had a sizeable homeless population living in the communities' streets and parks – refusing to leave their neighbourhoods for assistance. As a result of this need, individuals and organizations across the North Shore came together and formed a task force on homelessness with the mandate of creating an adult coed shelter, as well as a youth safe house.

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  • North Shore Housing Centre, 705 West 2nd St, North Vancouver, , 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 705 West 2nd Street, North Vancouver 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: North Shore Housing Centre, 705 West 2nd Street, North Vancouver. Phone: 604-982-9126

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I am originally from Quebec. The first time I slept out I was 44 and was going through a separation. It was a shock.
Apathy has most contributed to my difficulties.
When my kids are happy, I am happy. If I had unlimited resources I would help others, volunteer, and fix my teeth.
I would like others to pray that I find a place to live.

Wish List
  • Warm Footwear (Men's Size 9.5)

I was born n Sheffield, England.
The first time I slept out it was scary and sad. I'm a 66 year old woman and I was sharing my apartment with my 87 year old mother. She developed cancer and I couldn't pay the rent by myself so lost the apartment.
I have had numerous careers throughout my life and I liked most of them. At present I am on a fixed pension.
The hardest part of my life is being mentally ill and not having a close family, being alone without anyone in my life.
My dog Chloe is my lifeline and only joy. The fact that we can be together at the shelter is what makes me happy.
With unlimited funds I would not travel. I would buy a home and spend the rest on helping other homeless people.
Please pray for the people who are still without warmth or a clean bed.
I haven't seen my son Chris W. in 15 years and would like to be reconnected.
I would be thankful for any gift - asking for something is really difficult.

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  • a watch

Over 19 years has past since my family arrived in Canada. It was difficult because I wasn't able to visit my mother.
I spent a lot of money on an expensive application for permanent residence which is over $1000. My application was rejected. I spent over 6 years in immigration jail and finally after 48 days hunger striking I was released from jail. But I do no feel free yet.

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I am from North Vancouver. The first I slept out it was cold and I was 18.
I have worked in construction.
Drug addiction and a lack of family support have contributed to my difficulties.
I am happy when I am working and making money.
I would like others to pray for my mental health.

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  • Hoodie (Black, Size Large)

  • Warm Winter Coat (Men's Large)

  • 2 Zone Transit Passes

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I am originally from Ontario. I was 26 the first time I slept out. I have work experience in retail.
Relationships have contributed to my current difficulties. Having access to social resources makes me feel happy. If I had unlimited resources I would like to have a job.
I would like others to pray that I am able to feel safe.

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  • Warm Footwear (Women's 11.5)

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  • Hoodie (Women's XL)

  • Backpack

I am originally from North Vancouver. I slept out for the first time four years ago because I had no money for rent.
I have worked as an arborist, sound tech, and high scaler.
The hardest part of my life has been a difficult family situation.
A sense of belonging would make me feel happy. If I had unlimited resources I would establish my own dwelling and give back to my community.
Rather than pray, I would want others to make a difference through their actions.

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  • Warm Footwear (Men's Size 9)

  • Grocery Card

I am originally from the Czech Republic. I first slept out in 2001 when all of my identification was stolen in Australia.
I have worked in the marble and tile industry – several projects in Vancouver including Metrotown, UBC, and Douglas College.
The thing that has contributed most to my difficulties is the theft of my identification and belongings.
Smiling people on the way to work make me happy.
If I had unlimited resources I would help people who need it most.
I would like to be able to reach my daughter, Indra K. in London, England.

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I am originally from the Squamish Band, North Vancouver.
The first time I slept out I was 34 years old and I was scared.
I worked in housekeeping, but am not able to work anymore.
There is not a lot going well for me right now as my husband just passed away.
I would want others to pray for my family.

Wish List
  • Warm Winter Coat (Women's Large)

  • Warm Socks

I am originally from North Vancouver BC. When I first slept outside I felt helpless, scared, and alone. The circumstances are foggy because it's been awhile. I was 31 years old.
I've worked for family most of my life as a dispatcher, and it's what I truly enjoy doing. Being a leader, helping others, motivating others.
What contributes most to my problems is how I feel inside about myself. I feel as if I'm not worth it. It is almost as if I know I wont make it.
The hardest part of my life is being alone. Never really having a connection with someone.
Being around my family makes me happy.
I would like help with the things I need most: mental and emotional support and a safe place to live.
I would like people to pray for those who have it worse.

Wish List
  • Socks

  • Transportation Tickets

  • Backpack

I am originally from Winnipeg. The first time I slept outside I was 15 years old and had been in a fight with my parents. It was cold and damp.
I have worked in general labour. I liked painting and carpentry.
The things that have most contributed to my circumstances are having to start taking care of myself at age 5, as well as drugs and alcohol.
Right now, school is going well for me.
If I had unlimited resources I would take everyone off the street, put services in to help everyone with spiritual, mental, physical needs. Everyone needs a home.
I would like others to pray that I see my light ad find a home, and for the end of homelessness for everyone.

Wish List
  • Warm Footwear (Men's Size 8)

  • Warm Winter Coat (Men's Size M)

  • Backpack

I'm originally from Toronto, Ontario. I moved to BC to get away from drugs and an abusive relationship. The first time I slept out was scary.
I've worked in customer service and as a server.
The thing that has contributed most to my difficulties is drug addiction.
Being with my friends makes me happy. I don't know what I'd do with unlimited resources. I would like others to pray for safety, good health, and housing.

Wish List
  • Warm Winter Coat (Men's Size Medium/Large)

  • Thermal Underwear (Men's Small/Medium)

  • White Spot/McDonald's Giftcard

I am originally from Duncan, BC. The first time I slept out was when my dad died.
Anger has contributed to most of my difficulties. Music makes me happy.
If I had unlimited resources I would open a 200 bed shelter.
I would like others to pray that my father is resting in peace.

Wish List
  • Warm Winter Coat (Men's XXL)

  • Warm Footwear (Men's Size 11)

  • Backpack (Large)

I am originally from Edmonton, Alberta. The first time I slept out I was 23 and it was winter. I was a Meat Manager at Save-On for 30 years – all over BC. I was also a shake packer, paver, driller and blaster - but I liked meat manager best. I can't work now due to health.
The things that make me happy are seeing my kids (one in Burnaby and one in Calgary) and a roof over my head.
If I had unlimited resources I would buy a fishing boat. I love the water big time. I was a scuba diver.
I pray just to keep on going. One day at a time.

Wish List
  • Backpack

  • Bus tickets

  • Save-On-Foods Giftcard

I was born in North Vancouver. I have worked in labour and carpentry.
Addiction contributed the most to my difficulties.
The things that make me happy are recovery, family, and the sound of thunder.
If I had unlimited resources I would drive again.
I pray to keep being alive and drug and alcohol free.

Wish List
  • Warm Footwear (Men's Size 8)

  • Sweater (Men's Medium)

  • Black Backpack

I am originally from Canada. I used to work in merchandising and accounting. Loss of job due to illness has contributed the most to my difficulties. My friends make me feel happy.
If I had unlimited resources I would live in a nice place.
I would want other to pray for happiness.

Wish List
  • Swiss Chalet Giftcard

  • Baking cookware (muffin tines, measuring spoons, small cookie pan)

  • Sewing books and scissors

The first time I slept out I got kicked out of my boyfriends home for cheating on him. I've been a medical assistant long term care-aide.
My difficulties come from my addiction to drugs.
I'm happy when I Keep on top of my medications.
Pray for my continual good health.

Wish List
  • Warm foot wear womens size 7

  • bus tickets

  • hat, gloves, and scarfs

I am from Vancouver, The first time I slept out it was winter and I was only 14 years old.
I've worked a lot in Construction.
My biggest difficulties are from alcohol and drugs
I'm happy when I have friends that support me.
If I could do anything I would relax with family.
Pray for good health

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  • Warm foot wear mens size 9

  • Shaving kit

  • Blanket

I'm from Nova scotia, and at 25 years old I was deported and became homeless, I was scared. It kind of traumatized me and I'm still trying to get over it.
I've done lots of jobs, customer service, construction, mover. I liked carpentry the best. Carpentry and renovations are fun.
My difficulties are from my PTSD. being separated from my family for 7 years.
I'm happy with my faith in God lately.
If I had unlimited resources I would be a philanthropist, someone who helps people.
Pray that I stay positive and get to be reunited with my family (Ruby in Maryland WA)

Wish List
  • Rain jacket, Large Black or dark or reflective

  • compass tickets

  • back pack

I am originally from North Vancouver. The first time I slept out was as a teenager. I was 13.
I worked in commercial demo mall's for 8 years.
The hardest part of my life is missing my kids.
Food and helping others makes me feel happy.

Wish List
  • Warm Footwear (Men's Size 11)

  • Warm Winter Coat (Men's XL)

  • Backpack

  • Thermal Underwear (Men's L)

I was born in Boston. I became homeless when the house I resided in and was renovating was seized by the courts and everything I owned, all tools and personal effects, were part of the seizure. I have my British Columbia ticket of qualification. I've worked as a carpenter, plumbing/gas, high pressure welding, 3 year electrical apprentice.
The thing that has contributed most to my difficulties is that my parents were hardcore alcoholics and raised me in poverty. I messed up following bad examples.
I have a physical disability now so my focus is aimed at schooling to become a technical writer. I am good with computers. Each hurdle in this career path is a rewarding challenge.
If I had unlimited funds I would buy and renovate my own permanent home from which I would work as technical writer.
I think perhaps I would like people to pray that my physical state doesn't deteriorate more.

Wish List
  • Blanket

  • Socks

  • Black Jeans (36

  • Thermal Underwear (Men's M-L)

I am from North Vancouver. I am a widowed and retired female. After my husband passed way suddenly from a heart attack, I couldn't afford our home and was thrown out and lost all our belongings. I was 55 and slept outside in the pouring rain. Thankfully I was at least able to keep the urn with my husbands ashes and was given clothes and a suitcase by a store in Maple Ride - I couldn't believe how nice they were!
My husband passing away is the thing that has contributed to my difficulties. Helping out at the clinic and the shelter are the things that make me happy. If I had unlimited resources I would go back to school to become a social worker.
What I want most for Christmas is a stable place to live.
Merry Christmas!

Wish List
  • Warm Footwear (women's size 6.5)

  • Warm Winter Coat (Women's Medium)

  • Blanket

  • Backpack

  • Compass Tickets

  • Soap, shampoo, toileteries