MaryAnne Connor: The Woman Behind the NightShift Story

Thanks to a Vancouver snowstorm, this tenacious woman unlocked her doors and said yes to serving and loving Surrey’s homeless. By Christi Walter MaryAnne Connor, or “Mac” to pretty much everyone, is a blonde bombshell with a warm heart, a passion for people and a dogged sense of purpose for her life. She’s a former […]

On a Pricey Pink Frappucino and Facing my Humanity

“He was asking for change. Quite literally for coins. But for some reason it felt like he was asking for proof of the change I felt had taken place in my heart. ” By Shelagh Hardern When I came back from Nicaragua this last time, I was a changed woman. I knew that. But the realization […]

Napkin Notes: On Sherlock Holmes, Homelessness and Seeing what is Invisible to the Eye

By Shirley Eu | Twitter: @ysoblu _____________________________________________ “The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.” – Gilbert K. Chesterton  “I’m intrigued about people. I’ve always been. When I get to know someone, it borders on being slightly intrusive while maintaining a veneer of voracious curiosity.  People compel me. They can be distracting, befuddling, irresistible, cantankerous, […]

Giving What We Have: If Lynnette can, so can every woman

I met Lynnette at The Front Room, a community resource center and 24-hour drop-in in Surrey, BC. Lynnette joined friends for a Thanksgiving dinner–turkey with the trimmings–on Sunday afternoon. While we were hanging out in the parking lot, she played with her braids, resting softly over her shoulders. “I’m growing my hair, so I can […]

5 Ways You Can Help the Homeless Today

By Homelessgirl “I had a house, then I lost it, and now I’m finding myself.” Homelessgirl first became homeless with her mother on May 18, 2007. Through her own story, she’s become an advocate for some of society’s most vulnerable, putting a new face on homelessness. Talking about wanting to help the homeless is one thing, […]