Don’t make Manna a scapegoat

It is distressing that the council of Parksville has ordered the Manna Homeless Society to cease their activities in the field on Jensen Avenue. It appears they believe that Manna is responsible for the garbage and used needles found in the park. Nothing could be further from the truth.

No needles are handed out by Manna and they have not given out tents for many months. Manna does provide access to used clothing donations and does supply emergency food supplies only. They do not compete with the food bank or other meal services. Manna does provide health services in our Care Mobile – our nurses manage foot care, wound dressings, advice regarding personal care and referral to the appropriate resources should something more extensive be required. They also assist people to register for services such as the Medical Services Plan and disability payments. They refer people to appropriate social services that can assist them with registering for housing. Manna also provides spiritual care and counselling.

Many people come to the Manna van on Saturday morning, not all of them homeless. There are elderly people, men and women, who are unable to survive on their meagre pensions. They rely on the food bank, SOS, meals provided by Salvation Army and various churches, and Manna. All of these non-profit organizations keep them from falling by the wayside and becoming homeless themselves.

It is so very narrow-minded of the council to leave Manna as the scapegoat here. Instead, they should be working with Manna to provide a safe place for their vehicles to set up so they can continue to provide services to the poorest residents of their City. Taking services away from these unfortunate folk will not make them go away. Housing them, even at minimal levels of accommodation, is the only way they will leave the streets and make the city as beautiful as it should be.

Adele Kristalovich

Qualicum Beach

Just Posted

PQB crime report: Thieves pilfer cash, root beer and hand sanitizer

Oceanside RCMP receive 249 complaints in one-week period

Solutions in sight for Parksville Qualicum Beach doctor shortage

With feasibility study funded, group shares vision of ‘campus of healthcare’

Raise the curtains: New outdoor theatre coming to Parksville

A $204,000 boost comes from Island Coastal Economic Trust

‘Handmade for Hope’ will run at Orca Place in Parksville

Grant received; program will run in different room

VIDEO: SNL skewers Trudeau’s mockery of Trump in high school cafeteria sketch

The three world leaders won’t let Trump sit at the cool kids’ table

B.C. universities post $340 million worth of surpluses thanks to international student tuition

Students call for spending as international enrolment produces huge surpluses at many universities

Conservatives urge Morneau to deliver ‘urgent’ fall economic update

Morneau says the first thing the Liberals plan to do is bring in their promised tax cut for the middle class

INFOGRAPHIC: How much money did your local university or college make last year?

B.C. university and colleges posted a combined $340 million surplus in 2018/19

B.C. creates $8.5M organization to improve safety for health care workers

Group will bring together unions, province, health care organizations

Kovrig clings to humour as ‘two Michaels’ near one year in Chinese prison

Their detention is widely viewed as retaliation for Canada’s arrest of Chinese high-tech scion Meng Wanzhou

B.C. VIEWS: An engine that hums right along

First Nations are leading a new surge of investment in B.C.

Brain injury from domestic abuse a ‘public health crisis,’ says B.C. researcher

Nearly 80% of the domestic violence victims who reported to police last year were women

Most Read