Organization hopes to make streets safer for sex workers

A local organization is hoping to make upgrades to one of its longest-running programs to make streets more safe for Victoria sex workers.

A local grassroots organization is hoping to make upgrades to one of its longest-running programs to help make streets more safe for Victoria sex workers.

PEERS Victoria Research Society has launched an online fundraising campaign #Rolls4Strolls to raise $25,000 to purchase a RV or camper-sized van as a mobile drop-in for sex workers.

As part of the society’s current night outreach program, two staff members drive to Victoria’s stroll in a passenger van and hand out supplies such as food, harm reduction supplies, clothing and other health and safety-oriented information, seven days a week from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Staff also help connect women with housing, health care and small business training programs.

The society helps roughly 15 to 25 of the city’s most marginalized women every night and roughly 140 over the course of the year.

But the van is limited in the services it can provide.

“It’s old and needs to be retired. We just don’t have enough room in it,” said Leah Shumka, executive director of the society.

Over the next three months, the society hopes to raise enough money to purchase a larger van that will allow it to provide better services.

“The reason we’re trying to upgrade is to have a physical space for workers to access when it’s raining and to come, sit, have a cup of coffee with us and report things like bad dates or connect with our housing programs,” Shumka said. “It’s crucial to have that space and currently we do not.”

In the past, the society has operated a larger RV and know first-hand the impact it has on the community.

“It creates a sense of community and safety for them,” Shumka said. “To see us out there and just to have that bigger space will add to that sense of community and security.”

For more information or to donate visit safersexwork.ca.

 

Just Posted

Victoria police investigate dumpster fire in gated alleyway

VicPD and Victoria Fire Department respond to fire on Johnson Street

Pacific FC signs 24-year-old defensive midfielder from Panama

González joins the roster following the team’s 2-2 tie game against York9 FC.

Pacific FC game ends with tie against York9 on Saturday

PFC’s defender scored an own goal off a deflection, putting the game at 2-2

Famed Syrian artist displays paintings created while living in refugee camps

Farid Abdulbaki’s ‘Between Two Worlds’ exhibit will be displayed May 24-26 in Victoria

Mighty Garage Sale offers boost to Metchosin groups

Metchosin Community Association holds annual sale on May 25 and 26

VIDEO: Horseshoe pitching association appeals to Greater Victora youngsters

Youth horseshoe pitching club offers fun for all ages, says GVHPA

Raptors beat Bucks 118-112 in 2OT thriller

Leonard has 36 points as Toronto cuts Milwaukee’s series lead to 2-1

‘Teams that win are tight’: B.C. Lions search for chemistry at training camp

The Lions added more than 50 new faces over the off-season, from coaching staff to key players

Rescue crews suspend search for Okanagan kayaker missing for three days

71-year-old Zygmunt Janiewicz was reported missing Friday

B.C. VIEWS: Reality of our plastic recycling routine exposed

Turns out dear old China wasn’t doing such a great job

B.C. ferry stops to let black bear swim past near Nanaimo

Queen of Oak Bay brakes for wildlife in Nanaimo’s Departure Bay

Mother dead, child in critical condition after carbon monoxide poisoning at Shuswap campground

The woman was found unresponsive insider her tent and the youth was taken via air ambulance to hospital

Canada’s parole officers say correctional system has reached breaking point

About half of Canada’s federal parole officers work inside penitentiaries and correctional institutions

Montreal researchers create audible hockey puck for visually impaired players

Three years ago, Gilles Ouellet came up with the idea for a puck that makes a continuous sound

Most Read