The Trail's End Boutique Variety Store has added some charitable cause to our website. I wrote an article that hit the media some time ago titled http://issuewire.com/vancouver-canada-a-worrying-trend-continuing-to-increase-1599631533373575.
I have seen a lot of people on the streets of Vancouver and have feel for those people. The cost of living is so high it makes it not affordable for some people to obtain housing. The statistics show that in Greater Vancouver alone we have an estimated 2,138 people living on the streets. It is shocking and saddening to see this happen to these people and it endangers them on so many levels. If you were to visit our city you could see people for a long stretch in some of the poorest areas, and some in the better areas too. And the total has also shown that it has increased by over 800 people in 12 years. It reflects on the cost of living in the area especially in the housing where it has skyrocketed. We have to rely on the Government of all levels to co operate with each other and work together to resolve these issues. And Vancouver is not the only city hit but we have the outer municipalities that are hit with a large population of homeless. We are hit hard also with the costs substantially, and the crime levels goes up. Although the statistics are there that does not account for all of the homeless in the area.
"Seven out of 10 Americans are one paycheck away from being homeless." - Pras Michel
Now I will talk about our American counterparts who have as much of a problem with homelessness. Huffington Post has an article "How Bad is Homelessness in America ?" It talks about the definition of homelessness as the lack of having permanent housing of some kind. It includes where they have to stay in shelters, abandoned buildings, vehicles or doubling up with friends or extended family. A statistic in one night in January 2015, a population of 564,708 people were considered homeless. Homelessness is something that pervades the world, but the U.S. is hit the hardest with it. Some of the hardest hit areas are New York, and Los Angeles. People die on the streets due to extreme weather conditions. There is a proven approach that is called Housing First. It offers permanent housing to the homeless with no barriers involved and the cost is estimated to be around $46. a year.
So it is my hope that I can increase sales on my busy website so I can donate to a good cause that I feel strongly about and that is homelessness. I have a lot of good products that people would enjoy such as Camping Equipment, Hiking Gear, Fishing Supplies, and so on. Each sale on my site will do good for others and help eradicate this problem in a small way.
"We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty." Mother Teresa