Day of the Homeless
There are some extraordinary men who pass their days at The Good Neighbours’ Club,Some held responsible jobs or were professionals. Many had families they lost along the way.
Members of the Good Neighbours’ Club come from all walks of life but they are all over 50 and they are all homeless or marginally housed.
This year, Good Neighbours’ Club members and staff joined together to found The First Annual Day of the Homeless: A Memorial for Paul Croutch. The event honours the former journalist who lived on the streets and died as the result of a beating by drunk soldiers from a nearby armoury.
Croutch was a Good Neighbours’ Club member.
When Good Neighbours’ Club members unveil a plaque in Croutch’s memory, they will have help from dignitaries, including Former Lieutenant Governor James Bartleman, the executive director of the Salvation Army, Don Oxford and the chair of The Good Neighbours’ Club Chair, Charles Hil.
Police Chief Bill Blair will serve assembled guests, which will include dozens of those who call the streets home, a BBQ lunch.
Roger Petersen, weekend anchor of Citytv news, is hosting the event.
This is a community event for a community that lives with so many hardships every day. People like Ray May, one of the event’s organizers, inspire us. Ray has battled back from homelessness and volunteers a considerable amount of time delivering meals to and helping however he can members of the Good Neighbours’ Club in their times of need.
Ray, we are honoured to help you, your many friends at The Good Neighbours’ Club, including the dedicated staff and hardworking board who toil so hard to better the lives of those who have so few resources available to them. You humble us with your humanity.