Port-a-Potty Committee To Manage Toilets At Protest Camp

The Abbotsford Chapter of the BC/Yukon Drug War Survivors (DWS) reports that, thanks to the tenacity and determination of Nancy Gallagher of the Abbotsford Dignitarian Society (Abby Digs), the 5 and 2 Ministries, and Positive Living, a committee has been struck to deal with one of the most basic needs of Abbotsford’s homeless population – toilets.

In response to a number of crisis’ which have occurred over the long lifetime of the DWS protest camp, the Dignitarian Society, 5 and 2, the DWS and Positive Living have struck a porta potty committee to help keep the two portable toilets down at the ‘MCC Dignity Village’ camp on Gladys Avenue clean and operational. Funds have for project came from Abby Digs.

Several situations have developed where the service provider either complained about the state of the porta potties or, in one case removed them for a variety of reasons.

Due to the generosity of some of the individual members of the Abbotsford Dignitarian Society the porta potties have been able to paid for and serviced but difficulties including graffiti, cleanliness, and other issues have plagued the facilities.

Gallagher will be leading a community effort to solve an issue caused by the large and growing number of homeless men and women unable to access washroom facillities in Abbotsford.

This week the Abbotsford News reported that the Abby Digs proposal for housing down on Valley Road off the highway to Mission is being postponed due to the complexity of two separate proposals for the property – one for temporary housing and one for temporary composting and recycling.

Edited 17:59 08/11/14

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