Businesses encouraged to help Surrey’s homeless

LINKLINE provides a tool to offer a hand in getting people out of the cold

Business people are encouraged to use LINKLINE to call in when they see a homeless person in need.

Businesses are being asked to help the homeless duck out of the cold this year.

The Surrey Board of Trade is reminding its members about a new tool to help connect people without shelter to the services they need.

Originally operated by the Newton Advocacy Groups Society, LINKLINE is now run by the Surrey Board of Trade.

Business people are encouraged to call LINKLINE at 604-589-LINK (5465) when they see a homeless person in need of help.

That line will dispatch social service workers to the location given to them by the caller.

A number of local agencies, community service organizations, and volunteers are taking part. Outreach workers will come on site to a business location and remedy the situation for businesses and coordinate access to services for people who are homeless.

So far it has been extremely successful, and during the cold snaps, LINKLINE gets about 10 calls a week.

Those calls are coming from business owners, RCMP and others.

“Even from the homeless themselves,” said Surrey Board of Trade CEO Anita Huberman. She adds that neighbouring communities are also calling to find where they can get access to the social services.

LINKLINE is a non-emergency number, available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (After hours, businesses can call 604-340-3899).

Instructions for users are fairly straightforward and include the following three steps:

1. Call the LINK Line 604-589-5465 (LINK)

2. Describe the location of the homeless person

3. The LINK Line operator will contact the outreach worker for that area. The outreach worker will make contact and offer services and shelter.

The following organizations may be able to assist with shelter.

  • Surrey Urban Mission, 13388 104 Ave., Surrey, B.C. 604-581-5172
  • NightShift Ministries, 10635 King George Blvd., Surrey, B.C. 604-953-1114
  • Cloverdale Church, 17802 66 Ave., Surrey, B.C. 604-575-4208
  • Hyland House (Newton), 6595 King George Blvd., Surrey, B.C. 604-599-8900
  • First United White Rock/South Surrey, 15385 Semiahmoo Ave, White Rock, B.C. 604-599-8900

@diakiw

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

This Crescent Beach home, located at 12505 22 Ave., was subject of a police search warrant June 18. (Google image)
Civil Forfeiture Office alleges Crescent Beach home used to launder money

Court documents request the home, and $85,000 to be turned over to the government

Surrey firefighters battle a house fire near the 70A Avenue and 126A Street intersection early Sunday morning. According to a witness, it appears that the occupants were able to get out without injury. (Shane MacKichan photos)
PHOTOS: Fire causes extensive damage to Surrey home

Occupants able to escape without injury: witness

NDP headquarters on election night, Oct. 24, 2020. (Katya Slepian/Black Press Media)
ELECTION 2020: Live blog from B.C. party headquarters

BC NDP projected to win majority government – but celebrations will look different this election

B.C. Green Party leader Sonia Furstenau outlines her party's climate action platform at Nanaimo's Vancouver Island Conference Centre earlier this month. (News Bulletin file photo)
Green leader Furstenau declared victor in her home riding on Vancouver Island

Cowichan Valley voters elect freshly minted party leader for her second term

John Horgan has been re-elected the MLA for Langford-Juan de Fuca. (File-Black Press)
Horgan trounces challengers to be re-elected in his Vancouver Island riding

MLA has represented constituency of Langford-Juan de Fuca and its predecessors since 2005

An animated Gordie Hogg introduces his 'Community Connections' videos. (YouTube screenshot)
Community Connections: Gordie Hogg speaks with Glenn Rose

Former mayor, MP began posting conversations on YouTube in June

FILE – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets Premier John Horgan during a press conference at the BC Transit corporate office following an announcement about new investments to improve transit for citizens in the province while in Victoria on Thursday, July 18, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Trudeau congratulates Horgan on NDP’s election victory in British Columbia

Final count won’t be available for three weeks due to the record number of 525,000 ballots cast by mail

Comedic actor Seth Rogen, right, and business partner Evan Goldberg pose in this undated handout photo. When actor Seth Rogen was growing up and smoking cannabis in Vancouver, he recalls there was a constant cloud of shame around the substance that still lingers. Rogen is determined to change that. (Maarten de Boer ohoto)
Seth Rogen talks about fighting cannabis stigma, why pot should be as accepted as beer

‘I smoke weed all day and every day and have for 20 years’

Provincial Green Party leader Sonia Furstenau speaks at Provincial Green Party headquarters at the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe in Victoria. (Arnold Lim / Black Press)
VIDEO: Furstenau leads BC Greens to win first riding outside of Vancouver Island

Sonia Furstenau became leader of BC Greens one week before snap election was called

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

NDP Leader John Horgan elbow bumps NDP candidate Coquitlam-Burke Mountain candidate Fin Donnelly following a seniors round table in Coquitlam, B.C., Tuesday, October 20, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Horgan, NDP head for majority in B.C. election results

Record number of mail-in ballots may shift results

RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)
Mounties looking for teen boy ‘unlawfully at large’ from Riverview psychiatric hospital

Nolan Godron left the hospital, located at 2721 Lougheed Highway in Coquitlam, without consent on Saturday

The Canadian border is pictured at the Peace Arch Canada/USA border crossing in Surrey, B.C. Friday, March 20, 2020. More than 4.6 million people have arrived in Canada since the border closed last March and fewer than one-quarter of them were ordered to quarantine while the rest were deemed “essential” and exempted from quarantining. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Majority of international travellers since March deemed ‘essential’, avoid quarantine

As of Oct. 20, 3.5 million travellers had been deemed essential, and another 1.1 million were considered non-essential

Most Read