By BBN Staff: The Welcome Resource Center (WRC) and the Mental Health Association of Belize (MHAB) are teaming up to host the country’s first National Homeless Awareness Week.
The event, which will be celebrated from October 5-9, will be centered around raising awareness about homelessness and the various issues associated with it, particularly its link to mental health.
Joyce Ellis, administrator at the WRC explained that the organizations are selling t-shirts to raise funds in an effort to continue offering support services to more than 25 homeless people visiting the center. Kids t-shirts are $18 and adult shirts are $25, they come in white, grey, black, and dark blue, and companies can request to have their logos printed on the shirts. Those interested can call the WRC at 202-2511.
The WRC is asking those who purchase shirts to wear their shirts at any day throughout that week, take pictures while wearing the shirt and send it to the WRC to be used for their social media awareness campaign.
Ellis explained that the WRC, which has been operational for 7 years has gone from offering one meal a day to its clients, to three meals a day and a hamper on Friday to hold them over for the weekend, through the generous support of businesses and concerned individuals. She also noted that during the pandemic, the WRC staff has ensured that the staff has ensured the clients are still getting their meals, changes of clothes, and ensuring that they all have masks to protect themselves from the virus.
“We got them the reusable maks and what we do is that we wash masks daily, so every day they get clean masks,” Ellis said. “While we serve around 25, no person walks away empty-handed so if they come and the food is there they will be served.”
The Welcome Resource Center is located at the corner of Vernon and Tibruce Streets in Belize City.