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HOPE Outreach

H.O.P.E. is the nighttime outreach for homeless and exploited women in the Kelowna area, specifically in the downtown core. There are very limited resources in the Okanagan for the homeless, especially for women and children. H.O.P.E. volunteers go out seven nights a week at dusk and walk the streets of downtown with the goal of providing the women they encounter with the support and tools they need for survival. The volunteers carry supply bags with basic necessities to give out. Additionally, the volunteers build relationships with the women, encouraging and supporting them get the help they need. Volunteers note the names and ages of these girls and women and H.O.P.E. executives keep try to track the women to ensure their safety. In addition, volunteers take “bad date reports” and report instances of violence and abuse that sex-workers encounter. Bad Date Reports are circulated Okanagan wide to Prince George, Kamloops, Merritt, Penticton, Vernon and Kelowna. In addition, the volunteers inform the women of the local resource centres and services in the Okanagan. Ultimately, H.O.P.E. is constantly seeking funding to sustain the night time outreach and purchase supplies for the volunteers to hand out on the streets.

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