Homeless left stranded in the rain — Saffrey

Complaining that a number of homeless Barbadians were left stranded during this week’s torrential downpour, President of the Barbados Homeless and Vagrants Society (BHVS) Kemar Saffrey today appealed to Government for help in finding them a permanent home.

“We’re finding ourselves in some predicament where we have to watch our clients to some extent and the Government needs to do something,” Saffrey said.

He pointed out that many were caught off-guard by Tuesday’s downpour, which caused severe flooding across the country, including the streets of The City, which is home to many vagrants.

“There was no warning in advance,” Saffrey stressed, pointing out that his members were not connected to social media and therefore did not know in advance that flooding would occur.

With water levels rising, he emphasized that many vagrants were left with nowhere to run since “they are not really a lot of high points in Barbados that you can run to”.

“We definitely need partnership in that regard,” he said, explaining that while the Society was desperately trying to build a place of refuge for its members, it was finding it difficult to do so without Government’s help.

“The Government needs to take responsibility [so] that these persons are not left on the streets, especially in these situations because we as organizations can only do so much,” he said after receiving a $10,000 cheque from the Radisson Aquatica Resort.

While expressing his gratitude to the south coast hotel which has been sponsoring the organization for the last two years, Saffrey stressed that much greater financial support was necessary if the association is ever to achieve its goal of giving vagrants a permanent place to call home.

6 Responses to Homeless left stranded in the rain — Saffrey

  1. digital December 3, 2016 at 2:22 am

    i so agree with him….but you np what,d goverment will say dem dont have enuff money…but yet still dem can find d monry to build dat piece of crap on d garrison for a prince who aint even nearly a bajan….wen we are hay sufferin an sum out our own black ppl jobless…..but at d end od d day….
    dats none of my business….lol….
    but on a seroious note..they should have been sum way for d homeless to go…d topic was even mention earlier wen dey was d hurricane an d same homelesa ppl had no way to go…but yet still nutten wasnt nearly dun about it,just hot air bein blow out a pipe…

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  2. AniRo Burke
    AniRo Burke December 3, 2016 at 7:26 am

    Is it the few shelters were full or the people don’t know where to go?

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  3. Sherlock Holmes. December 3, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    Well i do hope you accomplish your goal,i was of the impression that there was already such a place.

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  4. allison archer December 3, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Mr. Saffrey we know your heart is there showing lots of compassion to these vagrants but you need to stop relying on government for support
    little by little stop giving these people a fish and teach them how to fish that they can become independent and stop relying on handouts
    they were lots of homeless people that came from that lifestyle and made much better of themselves for example look at your life or even mine
    you call yourself a Christian follow in Christ footsteps, feed the people’s mind and stop feeding their appetite

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    • Sherlock Holmes. December 4, 2016 at 7:49 pm

      Very good point,this organisation is always seemingly seeking financial assistance,are the funds being properly utilized? Are jobs in some cases sought for these persons? I have seen similar models in countries like India and the individuals are more so taught skills for the reintegration into society so that they can become self sufficient. The emphasis with this organization seems to be that of the begging bowl mentality rather than as you pointed out teaching them to fish.

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  5. F.A.Rudder December 5, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    District A Police Station sergeants should accept some of homeless along with the Coastguard station when severe inclement weather occurs.

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