Groups offer ‘essential boxes’ to help homeless people move into new homes


MONTREAL – On the Sunday marking World Homelessness Day, two Montreal initiatives work together to deliver “essential boxes” – packages for people who are homeless that include basic supplies when they find a place to live.

The boxes were launched by local charity Bread & Beyond and the Old Brewery Mission Refuge, which ran through Sunday.

The boxes are filled with kitchen and bathroom supplies, as well as other items needed during the first few days of moving in.

The Old Brewery Mission works to find housing for those in need of housing, among other services.

“But handing over a set of keys isn’t enough,” Mission CEO James Hughes wrote in a press release. “Some people need the continued support of our team to stay housed. “

“We understand how difficult it is the first few days after moving for anyone, let alone someone who is actively rebuilding their life. We wanted to make this transition as easy as possible,” said Kirstie Jagoe, Founder of Bread & Beyond.

The organizations hope to expand distribution through local businesses to distribute 20 boxes per month to those in need.

– Watch CTV’s Andrew Brennan report above for more details.

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