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The Pocket Guide, Resources & Tips for Surviving on the Streets, Vancouver

Winter 2017-2018 version released!   

Pocket guidefrom the Council for the Homeless website:

"Local advocates for people who are homeless and living outside created a Pocket Guide featuring practical tips for survival and finding assistance. Led by community advocate and volunteer Lois Smith, the Pocket Guide offers important tips for safety, finding resources, and surviving during different types of weather. Two unique features about the Pocket Guide are:

  1. People who live outside or have lived outside contributed to the content of the Pocket Guide. Additional input came from social service providers. Practical tips include “place crumpled newspaper in the bottom of your sleeping bag to stay warm” and “don’t lay tarp directly on your tent; create a lean-to over the tent to keep it dry.”

  2. The Pocket Guide is printed on waterproof and tear proof paper. It is also folded and small enough to fit in a pocket or other small space. Lois and the team of volunteer advocates (Jamie DeForest Spinelli, Wendy Bukoski, Shelly Gaylor, Lonnie Klugman, and Tom Eaton) worked for six months on the project. Phil Verry, a local graphic designer, charged a reduced rate for his services to the project. Council for the Homeless sponsored the cost of the design and printing. The team designed a specific distribution plan that focuses on community service agencies sharing the Pocket Guides primarily with the newly unsheltered who may be struggling with where to go and how to survive. Groups interested in distributing the Pocket Guides should contact Lois Smith directly.

The Pocket Guide is available throughout Clark County. To ask for distribution sites or request a printed copy of the Pocket Guide, please contact Lois at 360-326-3970.