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"It's also been very different for me having an address and stuff," he says with a grin.
Maple Ridge was the only municipality in Metro Vancouver where the number of homeless people increased in a span of three years, according to a homelessness count conducted by Metro Vancouver.
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"Most people just need somebody to care about them, somebody to acknowledge them and to validate what they are going through," she said.
The municipalities were the only place in Metro Vancouver where the number of street homeless also rose to 61 from 40.
been focused on developing a relationship with the people who come to see her.
People who work with the homeless locally hope places such as Alouette Heights make a difference when the count is conducted again next year and, perhaps, contribute to a drop in the homeless population.
"I wish there were more places like it. It's a stepping stone."
As a student nurse tightens a blood pressure cuff around his arm, Sean McLellan relaxes and watches the bustle around him in the dining room of The Caring Place.
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It is staffed 24 hours a day by a support worker who helps residents stay focused on their plans for coping with past addictions or mental health illnesses.
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"It's all about building trust," she said.
Action Week, providing a one stop shop where people could get a flu shot, their pressure checked, a mammogram or learn more about local services from literacy to the seniors network.
As a nurse practitioner, Rosenfeld can diagnose health problems, write prescriptions, order laboratory test and refer patients to specialists.
invaluable. It's provided him with stability.
This event started in 2011 during Homelessness Action Week. Acts range from the sublime to the ridiculous and everything in between. The public is invited to participate and to attend. Admission is free, but donations are welcome and will support the Caring Place Meal Program.
Of the 102 40 were housed in emergency shelter facilities, while one person was listed as having no fixed address.
In addition to helping clients keep appointments and stay healthy, Rosenfeld spends a lot of time just listening.
Residents can stay up to two years and, if employed, pay a percentage of their income in rent.
In 2011 102 people in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows were found without a roof over their heads. That was up from 90 in 2008.
"In the past, these people would show up at the emergency room to get treatment," says Rosenfeld.
Nurse practitioner Janet Rosenfeld, who is stationed at the Sally Ann three days a week, knows how important something as simple as a blood sugar or pressure test can be to detecting a more serious problem.
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