Homeless help groups across the country set out in full force Saturday to track down and offer resources to veterans without a home.
Darrell Beaton is a volunteer with VETS Canada and he says they offer different forms of support to Canada’s former servicemen and women.
“We try to get them temporary housing and then we try to move them into more long term housing. We also try to help point them in the right direction for any other agencies that would be able to help them,” Beaton said.
Saturday saw cooler temperatures than normal for an average day in June and Beaton says that definitely impacted their day.
“Due to the weather there wasn’t a whole lot of homeless out and about, but we did manage to find one homeless marine corp guy from the U.S., but we took his information and hopefully we’ll be able to point him int he right direction.”
Beaton says it’s not just veterans they are reaching out to.
“Even though we may not be there to specifically help them since they are not veterans, they are very enthusiastic about trying to point us out to veterans and stuff and they’re glad that somebody is making an effort to try and help with them. A lot of times they’re just happy to have somebody sit down and talk with them.”
Beaton believes the more presence Edmonton’s homeless sees of them, the more help they will be able to offer and engage them more freely.
VETS Canada has been operating for the last sic years. (djs)