Energy renewed for compassionate care

Outreach team a good idea to connect better to street population

Re: Referrals a byproduct of trust (News, Dec. 14)

It took three ghosts and one night to transform Scrooge from his position of lacking compassion.

It has taken four years of concerted effort and the ghosts of many people to move various civic authorities this small distance.

In the spirit of the season, we celebrate the new outreach team, with revamped resources destined for the existing site at Access Health Centre and particularly, the extended hours at the Pembroke site.

We finally have the beginnings of a fixed needle-exchange site, a service that has been sadly lacking these past four years. People who use drugs – the most marginalized in our community – need their right to basic health care, dignity and a place to rest.

May this be a new year of renewed energy in the work of compassion that so many people are committed to.

Beverly Brookman

Esquimalt

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