A very tough blow for a women’s shelter on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside after a flood from a sewage back-up ruined a significant amount of donations.
Executive director of the Wish Drop-in Centre Society Mebrat Beyene says Beyene says every donation counts, so any loss is a major loss.
“Both bathrooms, the boardroom, our Aboriginal Health and Safety Program room, the hallway and annex where they store overflow donations that go to the women who come to our shelter every night.”
Beyene says up to 20 boxes full of donations had to be thrown out and the sewage water spread to furniture and carpets – all of which are damaged.
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Beyene says every donation counts, so any loss is a major loss.
“Because we run a number of different programs – including the drop-in itself – as well as the WISH MAP van, which goes out every night, supporting women on the street – we can’t afford any disruptions to services. We’re pretty much running 24/7.”
The drop-in centre is now asking for help through cash donations.
With files from Ria Renouf