Saskatchewan prom­ises pol­icy re­view af­ter two home­less men given tick­ets to B.C.

Asian Journal - - Nation - By Geordon Omand, The Cana­dian Press

Van­cou­ver: Ja­son Stennes says he knows what it’s like to be down on his luck with nowhere to turn, so he wants to of­fer jobs to a pair of newly ar­rived home­less men who say they were given one-way bus tick­ets to B.C. from Saskatchewan. “We’ve got to take care of each other ... and if I’m able to help out I will,’’ Stennes, a 43-year-old high school dropout who is now owner and CEO of 360 Cranes Ser­vices, said Thurs­day. “I’ve been of­fered chances in my life and I just feel it’s im­por­tant to pass it on.’’ Charles Neil-Curly, 23, and Jeremy Roy, 21, had been liv­ing at a home­less shel­ter in North Bat­tle­ford, Sask., but Neil-Curly said a fund­ing cut meant he had to find some­where else to go. Neil-Curly said he asked for a ticket to B.C. and was later on a bus with Roy, his friend from the shel­ter. Work­ers from a lo­cal shel­ter were on hand to wel­come Neil-Curly and Roy at the Van­cou­ver bus sta­tion when they ar­rived Wed­nes­day, of­fer­ing them food, a shower and a warm bed. Jeremy Hunka from the Union Gospel Mis­sion said Thurs­day the men were in “good spir­its’’ af­ter stay­ing overnight at the shel­ter and that the next step was to con­nect the two with case­work­ers to de­velop a care plan. “We want to make sure that they have a vi­sion of where they want to go and we want to help them achieve their goals and get them out of be­ing home­less,’’ Hunka said. “They’re in the driver’s seat.’’ Neil-Curly had ex­pressed an in­ter­est in head­ing to Van­cou­ver Is­land to be with his best friend, which is some­thing Hunka said his or­ga­ni­za­tion could help fa­cil­i­tate. “If that’s the case, we will do the best we can to make sure they’re con­nected be­fore they ar­rive so that we don’t have an­other sit­u­a­tion where some­body’s go­ing to ar­rive in a new city with nowhere to go and with a re­ally dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion in terms of find­ing shel­ter,’’ he said.

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