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The Barbados Vagrants & Homeless Society

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Causes: Civil Rights, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Housing Rehabilitation, Human Services

Mission: Mission Statement The Mission of the BVHS is “to re-integrate vulnerable and homeless persons into mainstream Barbadian society by providing a holistic rehabilitative housing programme that would enable them to develop into healthy productive citizens.”

Results: Provided are the the number of beneficiaries and people helped by BVHS programmes. "At The Crossroads" (ATC): October 2014-15 assisted 24 men, from 2011 to date over 50 men have been rehabilitated and re-integrated back into mainstream society with jobs, housing, bank accounts and much more. "Direct Care Ministries" (DCM): October 2014-15 assisted 160 clients, from 2010 to date 365 have been assisted, with counselling, clothing, food, referrals, educational classes, hair-cuts, breakfast and much more. LOST: August 2015 & December 2015 still to be recorded, BVHS assisted over 200 persons in August 2014, with December 2014 reaching over 150 persons. From 2009 to date, over 1000 have been assisted through LOST. WCHS: BVHS Women & Children Homeless Shelter in July of 2016 have also join BVHS programmes, the programmes is estimated to assist 20 women and 20 children.

Target demographics: Vagrants & Homeless persons

Direct beneficiaries per year: Total clients 362+ (from 7th November 2012 - 8 th July 2016)  Males = 332  Females 30  Under 25= 10  25 to 50+= 145  Clients under the age of 16 =10

Geographic areas served: Barbados

Programs: BVHS provides several programmes “At the Crossroads” (ATC) house rehabilitation, “On The Road Ministries” (ORM) locating vagrants and homeless, Community Partnership for Homelessness (CPH) a community partnership programme, Bi-annual Health Fairs, and weekly feeding. Some of our daily services include food (hampers), breakfast, clothing, counselling, hair-cuts, baths, Maths and English classes, lounge area, life/coping skills. BVHS presently assists approximately 70 clients on a day-to-day basis.

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14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

The BVHS is an amazing organization. They give service to a population that is often neglected and they do this with such passion and dedication. They worked with the youth charity I represent and I can say they are focused and dedicated. We have a great working relationship and I wish them all the best! Keep up the good work!

1 Chad18

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The BV&HS has certainly become the haven for the homeless in Barbados.

Their team of volunteers, as well as its leader continue to demonstrate remarkable care and delivery to those who need it most.

Their model is one which should be replicated across the Caribbean (and arguably the world).

1

Former staff

Rating: 5

I began volunteering with the BVHS while the charity was in its early years. This beautiful experience taught me important lessons which still resonate with me. The Chairman, Mr. Kemar Saffrey, is to be commended for his hard work, his passion and dedication. The staff is to be praised for their professionalism and commitment. I'm look on with pride when I see where the charity is today and I know it can only get better with the necessary support.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This charity is one I hold high respect for in Barbados, you can constantly hear and also see the BVHS, feeding the homeless, they help them keep healthy and clean, clothing them, they help them sleep well at night it is very heart warming to see and they deserve it, not everyone is as fortunate as other and as spiritual being we all should help each other and radiate love. Salute to the BVHS.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

A charity that helps one and all. Reaching out to the lest helping in every way, the charity conduct day to day breakfast. We at the Barbados Vagrant and Homeless Society want to show everyone in Barbados and the world that the sun shine upon us all no matter how rich or poor we are.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This charity is a very good initiave as it have helped many persons by giving them a new start. I remember working at one of their events and it was very eye opening to the need for such a charity.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer at the Barbados vagrants and homeless society. They do a lot of work with vagrants in terms of readying them for their resubmission back into society, and that is absolutely brillant. With this award they can continue to better the fastly progressing organization.

3 Kim_230

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Barbados Vagrants and Homeless Society is a charity that exemplifies one of the greatest examples of love and compassion. This charity helps those persons who are lost without a hope and makes the homeless feel appreciated. In addition it helps reintegrate persons back into the society.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Recently I started to volunteer with The Barbados Vagrants and Homeless Society. I joined because I saw a need to help those who are not as fortunate as me. I love that this organisation has been formulated because it hurts my heart when I see people on the street hungry and sleeping on the streets. Keep doing the good work

5 Ashley168

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Currently I am volunteering at this charity and it is amazing how the staff put all of their time and effort into helping these people in their time of need. These needs are not only physical but emotional as well. Furthermore the staff are excellent at assisting the vagrants and homeless people with achieving their lives' goals. Honestly I believe that this charity is the best in Barbados.

5 Christopher78

Advisor

Rating: 5

This organisation is by far great which they reach out to those who are homeless no discrimination whatsoever. From my observation the staff seem to be very willing to help in whatever way they can.. The Barbados Vagrants & Homeless Society gives the homeless a second chance to a brand new transformation.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Barbados Vagrants and Homeless Society is an exceptional organization. The staff and volunteers are friendly and dedicated to their work and show kindness to the clients.

5 Tracey30

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great and timely service. The President is efficient and very goal oriented putting the needs of others before his own...especially when it comes to his clients.

6 Artie S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organisation is by far the best when it comes to dealing with homelessness in Barbados. I was at their headquarters today which is located in the city, and there was a client who came in for help with her two children. The staff of the the Barbados Vagrants and Homeless Society quickly arranged for her to have a shelter to reside under. Not only a shelter, but also clothing, food and other necessities. This woman and her children are just a few of the many people this organisation gives a second chance to.