Respect, dignity, warmth, shelter, health... these aren't the items that you would find on a typical Christmas wish list. These words shouldn't express wishes at all... these words describe basic human need. There are people in our own community who find these basic human needs out of reach. Homelessness lives right here in our community. Dawn to Dawn was created to address the needs of the homeless population in the Comox Valley. Dawn to Dawn offers two services; a residential program that provides accommodation in market housing and a mobile medical clinic that that offers care to those who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness in the Comox Valley. A total of 33 volunteers: 13 nurses, 5 doctors, 3 dentists, 2 pharmacists and 1 optometrist donate their professional skills side by side with a group of dedicated volunteer outreach drivers.
After discussion with Helen Boyd from Dawn to Dawn I respectfully submit Dawn to Dawn as a nominee for the Christmas Charity promotion through McKinnon Photography. I think that there is immense value in giving a face to homelessness in our community. I would like to see Karen work together with this compassionate group of volunteers to help bring an element of realism to the issue of homelessness in the Comox Valley. Homelessness isn't a glamorous issue...but it is a very real issue. It is a very worthy issue... because there is worth in every life. It is an issue that touches the lives of a very vulnerable population. I believe that all people have a story, a history, a past and I believe that it is important to embrace the opportunity to offer a hand up towards a future to those who need it most. I believe that Dawn to Dawn has identified a need and they are a charity in action. Dawn to Dawn is 'doing' in our community. If selected, Dawn to Dawn would like to work with Karen to respectfully share the story of homelessness in the Comox Valley while preserving the anonymity of the population they serve.
"These people are our sisters and our brothers. The right thing to do is to help them reclaim their lives and their autonomy. There is so much left to be done in regards to the issue of homelessness in our community. Photography is a strong medium that bares witness in a very privileged manner to our universal need to be seen and heard." (Helen Boyd - Coordinator CARE-A-VAN Program Dawn to Dawn: Action on Homelessness Society)
Submitted by: A.B.