Something great about local organizations is that you can see the impact you make first hand in your own community. If you’re looking to support kids and teens in Langley, then Aldergrove Neighbourhood Services is a great organization to check out. The services they provide are plentiful and include programs for homeless teens and young parents.
I recently spoke with Loren Roberts, the Langley Youth Homeless Coordinator, and he told me the great thing about working with the organization is the grassroots programs they get to offer to those in need. This means they teach programs and run courses to respond to actual needs in the community, rather than mandated programs. If they have a lot of new teen Moms, they can teach a baby care course. A group of formerly homeless teens? Possibly a money management course. The sky is the limit in what they can try out, and collaborating with other non-profit groups to teach a course or run a particular program means they have excellent relationships and alliances with other local organizations.
The next time you have a free day or even a free afternoon, pop by the Aldergrove or Langley drop-in centers and see what the folks at Aldergrove Neighbourhood Services are up to. Witness one or more of the five different groups who use these facilities for programs, or the homeless youth doing their laundry, using the clothing exchange, eating or playing games…say hi and offer to lend a hand; they will welcome you with open arms!
What: ANSS serves everyone from babies at Family Place, to young parents and homeless teens ages 16-24. Their mission statement is “To help enhance the lives of individuals, to strengthen their families and communities. We plan, develop, facilitate and operate preventative programs that respond to community needs”.
Where: Two drop-in Centers, one in Langley and one in Aldergrove.
Why: Because a community is only as healthy as its least established members.
How can you get involved: Volunteers are always needed for youth homelessness, as well as other initiatives. Online donations are always appreciated and are facilitated through www.CanadaHelps.org.