BVHS: Financial injection needed
The economic downturn has affected the Barbados Vagrants and Homeless Society (BVHS) and the charity is appealing for financial assistance to keep its programme going.
Chairman of the BVHS Kemar Saffrey said the charity needed a financial injection to carry on with its programme, given the ongoing economic downturn and the fact that it had been running without Government assistance for some time.
Saffrey said it would take $700,000 to keep the BVHS’ programmes running. The organization has provided services to over 750 vagrants, homeless and needy people in Barbados since its inception in 2009 and the chairman said it was now seeking funding to expand a number of its programmes.
He has appealed to individuals and commercial businesses for help.
“We are appealing to the public to give what they can to assist the organization. Barbadians have been extremely generous in their giving, in offering food and clothing, but we are in need of funding now to continue these programmes. Both businesses and individuals can feel free to give what they can to the BVHS,” Saffrey said.
He also encouraged commercial businesses to join the BVHS’ Covenant Programme under which organizations donate $100 per month for a year.The donations will ultimately aid in achieving the organization’s mission “to reintegrate vagrants and homeless persons into mainstream Barbadian society, by providing a holistic rehabilitative programme that would enable them to develop into healthy productive citizens”, a statement from the BVHS said.
The organization said it is on target with its mission, as it has successfully reintegrated 78 per cent of participants in its At The Crossroad home care rehabilitative programme.
BVHS also manages Direct Care Ministries, On the Road Ministries, Life Opportunity Superseding Tomorrow, Adopt the Homeless, a Community Partnership for Homelessness, BVHS’ 24-hour night shelter, a Meal a Day project and a daily breakfast programme. Those programmes provide clients with food hampers, classes, clothing, access to counselling, hair-cuts, temporary shelter, jobs, farming skills, skill training and beneficial rehabilitative home care housing, life skills and much more.
The BVHS has already received the necessary approval to operate a 24-hour shelter for the homeless and funds donated by the public will also assist with that initiative, which will benefit approximately 30 needy individuals per night on a rotation basis, out of the approximately 240 clients of the BVHS.