Amidst the gravity of the COVID-19 crisis, many in New Westminster have started to wonder how the most needy and vulnerable are coping or will cope with this outbreak as it progresses.
There are a few stories emerging about how food banks and non-profits are working non-stop to protect these groups with no volunteers and less staff.
Aunt Leah's Place and Dan's Legacy are working together and have adjusted quickly to make it possible to continue to provide groceries, cooked take-out meals, mental health counselling and even housing alternatives to keep youth from foster care out of the shelters.
“We’ve also taken measures to protect the youth, moms and babies in our housing programs,” said Lourdes Perez de Lara with Aunt Leah’s Place.
On Friday, those in need showed up to the charity’s location on 20th Street and picked up hampers that had been sorted and prepped by staff.