Safe ride to shelter exists

Ministry staff can arrange ride.

Lynden Meadus took a bus from downtown Maple Ridge to Coquitlam at night

A risky ride to safety that teens in trouble might face could be safer if they call the 24-hour Helpline For Children.

According to an e-mail from Ministry of Children and Family Development staff in Maple Ridge, kids found to be in trouble at the Greg Moore Youth Centre can call 310-1234 (no area code is needed) where they can find some help.

The e-mail to Alouette Home Start Society and youth centre says that ministry staff have the ability to arrange transportation to a safe house.

“If a youth who is accessing the Greg Moore Youth Centre requires shelter, please have your staff contact after hours,” said the e-mail from the Maple Ridge integrated youth team.

The notice follows the fictional predicament sketched out by Grade 9 student Lynden Meadus as he showed what could happen to a teen in trouble who had no place to go, following the evening closure Jan. 31 of the Iron Horse Youth Safe House.

Meadus created a scenario in February in which he had just had a fight at home and went to the youth centre, with no idea of where to spend the night.

He was referred to a youth safe house in North Vancouver and given directions by bus. By the time he arrived in Coquitlam near midnight, the buses had almost stopped running and he wouldn’t have reached the shelter if a worker hadn’t driven out to pick him up.

Ministry staff, though, couldn’t confirm that there’s been any change in transportation policy, or if it’s always been the practice provide a ride to a shelter.

Meadus said he’s also contacted the ministry to get confirmation of any change.

In an attempt to re-open the Iron Horse Youth Safe House, Meadus has started a gofundme.com fundraising campaign.

But donations are slow to come in.

So far, only two donations totalling $150 have been made, one of those $50 by him, money from babysitting.

He’s also been asked to remove the logo of the Alouette Home Start Society (which runs the safe house) from the fundraising page because he doesn’t represent the society.

Meadus added if the shelter closes completely, he’ll donate whatever is raised to the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Youth Centre Society, which he’s been involved with for two years.

Meadus created a video of his fictional scenario and plans to show it to Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows councils.

 

Just Posted

Province putting temporary modular housing on Burnett Street

Expected to take five months, will work with city on solution to homeless camp.

Paramedics say ambulances sitting idle

Shortages in Maple Ridge, Metro Vancouver

Teacher reprimanded after swearing at student during 2017 altercation

Gregory Norman Brock was issued letter of discipline, suspended three days without pay.

RMMBA holds first training session of season in Maple Ridge

Players wore green in honour of St. Patrick’s Day

UPDATE: Location for more temporary supportive housing in Maple Ridge by end of week

Evacuation shelter now a night refuge only, then shuts for good March 31.

VIDEO: Can you believe it? This B.C. hill pulls cars backwards up a slope

Sir Isaac Newton had clearly never been to this Vernon anomaly when he discovered gravity

B.C. lottery winner being sued by co-workers

They claim he owes them $200,000 each, in a lawsuit filed in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver

Teacher reprimanded for conduct towards special needs student

Alan Stephen Berry told vice principal he did not have time to use positive strategies

‘Full worm super moon’ to illuminate B.C. skies on first day of spring

Spring has sprung, a moon named in honour of thawing soil marks final super moon until 2020

Having phone within sight while driving does not violate law: B.C. judge

The mere presence of a cell phone within sight of a driver is not enough for a conviction, judge says

Woman punched on the sidelines of B.C. soccer game

Both involved were watching the U21 game in West Vancouver from the sidelines when things got heated

Fraser Health under fire again for taxiing homeless man from Langley to Hope

Patient sent to Hope shelter because a spot in the man’s home community couldn’t be located

B.C. launches immunization program at schools to stamp out measles resurgence

Vaccination records to be checked at B.C. schools next fall

Couple rescued after Sea to Sky Gondola refused ride down hill

‘We were cold as hell, my lips were blue. I cried the entire way down’

Most Read