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Mission Community Services' 24 Hour Homeless fundraiser returns with $25,000 goal

7 Missionites will spend a full day unhoused to raise funds for medical mobile unit
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Last summer, seven Missionites spent 24 hours homeless as a fundraiser for Mission Community Services Society’s new medical RV. The event will shoot for $25,000 this year. /Mission Record Photo

Seven people will spend 24 hours homeless in Mission next month to raise money for Mission Community Services Society (MCSS) medical mobile unit.

It’s the second year for the 24-Hour Homeless fundraiser after the event raised $16,000 last summer. This time around, the goal is $25,000. 

MCSS board chair Roger Dowker, Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce executive director Miriam Bozman, school trustee Jash Bains,  Outlaws Smokehouse owner Trevor Elliot, realtor Kulbhir Bhatti, community volunteer Marilu Sachade and casting director Helen McCready will participate in the fundraiser. 

While seven is the current number signed on, MCSS executive director Nate McCready says there’s still time to join. 

Participants will begin their experience at the MCSS shelter on July 4 and face some of the same challenges that homeless people encounter every day, as part of building awareness. A case worker will check them in and perform an intake interview, they’ll stay overnight and will be subject to the same rules as any person staying at the shelter. 

They will arrive with no phones, cash, cards, keys or ID.  A case plan of tasks to be completed during their stay will be assigned the following morning.  The event concludes with a de-brief dinner to discuss their experience.

“It’s a look at some of those difficult struggles that people go through when they’re trying to become housed,” McCready said. 

McCready hopes participants will bring those stories back into their circle. 

“There’s still a lot of stigma and judgement that comes when working with homeless folks. So what we would hope is [participants] would come in, get the experience of it’s not as  simple as ‘get a job’. As a matter of fact, it’s pretty tough for some folks to get a job because they don’t have ID and they don’t have supports or perhaps they have an addiction and they can’t get treatment for it. So we would hope that they would learn some of those things,” McCready said. 

The funds raised will keep the mobile medical unit on the road. The unit aims to provide services to marginalized communities 



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