As many as 800 people needing warmth and a meal will come to Bissell Centre every day over the winter. We see people who are hungry, in need of a home, and looking to change their lives.
People like Bun, who endured years of abuse, struggles with addiction and homelessness. She hurts and counts on our healing support daily.
Read HERE about how you can help people like Bun this winter.
Bissell Centre’s Thrift Shoppe has re-opened its doors at the original location at 8818-118th avenue after two devastating fires destroyed the main building in September 2013 and the temporary location in June 2014.
Thanks to everyone who supported us during the rebuild and helped to open our doors!
The re-opening of the store is vital to the well-being of low-income individuals and families in Edmonton. The two fires directly affected the 6,000 low-income people who were forced to look elsewhere for affordable clothing and household goods.
The store also provides free clothes to impoverished families and individuals through our Community Closet Program, plus it provides funding to support various Bissell Centre programs and services.
For more information about the Thrift Shoppe and donation drop-off locations and hours, please click here.
With your support we can help people like Jim, who struggled with depression and drug abuse after losing his job years ago due to health issues. Jim worked out of town and rented a room from a friend to store his belongings. Whenever he came to Edmonton, he stayed with friends and family, never needing to rent his own apartment. With no rental history and his job loss, Jim became chronically homeless. With no references to provide landlords or proof of income, no one would rent him an apartment: “At one point I had $2,200 in my pocket and I couldn’t find a place to stay, so I slept in a shelter.”
Read about Jim’s transformation HERE.