I must say I was inspired to write this letter by an article in Dec. 16 Advocate.
On Page C1, there was an article about a man who truly cares about the homeless.
He is a 25-year-old business owner who cruises the streets of Red Deer to hand out soap, water, snacks, gloves, and other such needed items to the city’s homeless from the trunk of his car.
He also buys them hot chocolate and cheeseburgers at McDonald’s downtown from his own pocket and organizes barbecues for them.
Fortunately, others are helping out as well and if anyone wants to find out more about this and help out, Tom Raba can be contacted by visiting Line of Hope Red Deer Style on Facebook.
I also agree completely with the lady who wrote recently, wondering if the not-so-very-old Valley Park Manor building could be used by the homeless. It has been empty with over 100 separate rooms, each with a bathroom, since 2010.
What is Alberta Health Services planning to do with this facility?
Could it be donated to the city or to Safe Harbour?
I realize Valley Park Manor is located close to an elementary school.
But then we must remember that the homeless are not monsters.
They are simply people who are down on their luck and who need some help.
If they had a place to stay and good people to talk to, they would have a much better chance of getting a job and getting back on their feet.
What do you think Red Deer? Should Valley Park Manor be left empty another year, or should it be put to good use?