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  • Frontier

    A photo from Christmas dinner being shared at the Lookout Society's Foundation House in Surrey.

  • Yukon Christmas

    Yukon Housing Centre staff with a few of the gifts that were donated and wrapped by volunteers.

  • Shayne with mop

    Lookout Society staff gave the workers at the Squamish Helping Hands Shelter a much needed break last week by working a four-hour shift. Executive Director Shayne Williams (above) and directors Darin Froese, Megan Baillie and Wes Everaas worked at the Squamish shelter so all Helping Hands staff could enjoy a Christmas party together.

  • NS Gifts

    North Shore staffers hold up some of the gifts that were donated by the community.

  • Markwick

    Michael and Mary Markwick are the organizers behind the highly successful Dundarave Festival of Lights. Funds raised from the festival benefit the North Shore Shelter and Housing Centre.

  • Santa Shayne

    Paul Harmon, acting Manager of the North Shore Housing Centre, played Santa at the Dundarave Festival of Lights.

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    Phil Calla from Alliance Apparel (right) and son Austin visited the Lookout Society to make a donation of fleece blankets. Lookout Society's Director of Development Wes Everaars (middle) accepted the blankets that went Lookout clients at Christmas.

  • Megan

    Lookout Society staff gave the workers at the Squamish Helping Hands Shelter a much needed break last week by working a four-hour shift. Executive Director Shayne Williams and directors Darin Froese, Megan Baillie (above) and Wes Everaas worked at the Squamish shelter so all Helping Hands staff could enjoy a Christmas party together.

  • Wes

    Lookout Society staff gave the workers at the Squamish Helping Hands Shelter a much needed break last week by working a four-hour shift. Executive Director Shayne Williams and directors Darin Froese, Megan Baillie and Wes Everaas (above) worked at the Squamish shelter so all Helping Hands staff could enjoy a Christmas party together.

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    Former Olympian Elaine Tanner and husband John Watt were at the Yukon Housing Centre with Lookout Executive Director Shayne Williams to present a special gift to Yukon tenant Lily after she gave her Christmas Wish to another tenant. Elaine, who won three medals swimming in the 1968 Olympics, and John gave Lily $100 to go towards a laptop computer. The remaining funds to buy the laptop were donated by Lookout staff.

  • Decorations

    A North Shore shelter staffer decorates dining room tables in advance of the Christmas Day festivities. "I did it last year. It made a difference to people staying here," she said.

  • Dog Sweaters

    Just prior to Christmas members of the SPCA dropped off pet food and toys for Lookout Society shelter guests and tenants.

  • VanCity

    VanCity Savings Credit Union presented the Yukon Housing Centre with $1,500 to purchase an audio system to be used for the weekly talent night.

  • Darin

    Lookout Society staff gave the workers at the Squamish Helping Hands Shelter a much needed break last week by working a four-hour shift. Executive Director Shayne Williams and directors Darin Froese (above), Megan Baillie and Wes Everaas worked at the Squamish shelter so all Helping Hands staff could enjoy a Christmas party together.

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    Lookout Society Executive Director Shayne Williams and staff started a Christmas tradition, caroling at the society's downtown buildings.

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Thank-you for choosing to help the homeless and those in need. Together we're solving homelessness one person at a time.


All donations to the Lookout Emergency Aid Society are distributed through the Lookout Foundation.
Note: The Charitable Impact Foundation processes our online donations and charges one per cent fee.

Thank-you for choosing to help the homeless and those in need. Together we're solving homelessness one person at a time.


All donations to the Lookout Emergency Aid Society are distributed through the Lookout Foundation.
Note: The Charitable Impact Foundation processes our online donations and charges one per cent fee.

Donate by phone

 For information on how to donate over the phone using a credit card, contact Srishta at 604-255-0340.

Donate by cheque

Download our donation form, fill it out and mail the completed form and cheque to:

Lookout Emergency Aid Society
429 Alexander Street
Vancouver, B.C.,
V6A 1C6

Rent Subsidies

Affordability of housing is creating a greater burden on many people and results in more people, including the working poor, requiring our assistance. Subsidizing someone's rent can make housing affordable and prevent an individual or family from becoming homeless.

A priority of the Lookout Society is to keep people housed in their home communities. However, rents are too high and wait lists to get into subsidized housing are long. As a result, people on low fixed incomes are forced to use our shelters.

Finding affordable housing for them to move to is difficult outside of the Downtown Eastside (DTES), which has the greatest concentration of affordable housing in Canada. Some people find themselves forced to move into the area so they can access the affordable rents.

Lookout tries to prevent people from resorting to living in the DTES, solely for cheap rents. Giving people the chance to remain in their own neighbourhoods benefits those who cannot afford high rents and also reduces competition for affordable and subsidized housing in the DTES.

Donors can help the Lookout Society get affordable housing for people outside the Downtown Eastside by subsidizing the rent of a unit. This brings the cost of rent down to either the shelter portion of assistance, or close to it.

When the individual no longer needs the subsidy, the subsidy can be transferred to another needy person. Rent subsidies works wonders for those who benefit because it gives them autonomy, a normalized environment and support from our Outreach Team. The subsidy can range from $75 per month to $300, depending on the unit found.  

Donating Items

 
Personal Care Kits or Comfort Bags are a great way to assist someone who is homeless or at risk of homelessness. Here's a list of items that can go into your kit.
 
• Tote bags
• Toothbrush
• Lip balm
• Comb
• Shaving kit
• Shampoo
• Toothpaste
• Lotion
• Kleenex
• Toque
• Facecloth
• Deodorant
• Soap bar
• Cosmetics
• Gloves
Comfort bags are a special Christmas gift you can donate during the Holiday season. If you can't donate a complete kit consider donating a number of one of the individual items on the list or donate $20 towards a kit.
 
Our clients also need personal items such as warm clothing, blankets and socks for the winter months. Here's a copy of our winter donations wish list.
 
Contact Lookout Emergency Aid Society at 604-255-0340 for information on dropping off goods or making a donation.
 

Donating Furniture

 
When ever one of our clients moves from a shelter to a home, they require everything from pots and pans to chairs and lamps. Here's a useful list of shelter to home items that can be donated.
If you have furniture or other household items to donate please contact the LivingRoom outreach office at 604-255-8339 or ordropin@lookoutsociety.ca.