Getting Off the Street with Support and a Full Time Job

by | POSTED: Jun 19, 2012

Shawn, a long time community member of Bissell Centre, used to live on the streets and struggled with an alcohol addiction.
Shawn got a job through our Casual Labour program last year with an ice manufacturing company in Edmonton.   Due to the physically demanding work environment many of our previous Casual Labour placements couldn’t handle the work.

Shawn persisted in working with them and so they hired him on full time.   He is now learning new skills and expanding his job duties (including driving a fork lift). The ice manufacturer has also helped Shawn find housing for a reasonable rent and they are also paying him a fair living wage at $23.00/hr!

This is why Bissell Centre exists:   to ensure everyone has equitable access to opportunities that will enable them to have dignity and achieve a sustainable livelihood, meet their own basic daily needs, feel hope for a prosperous future, and feel engaged in life.

And this is why we need your help: We are not fully funded by the Government, and therefore we rely on our generous community to support our programs so that we can help more people like Shawn.

Show your support for our work by making  a DONATION.   Or call 780.423.2285 or mail in a cheque to Bissell Centre 10527 96 Street, Edmonton, AB T5H 2H6.

Thank you so much for your support!