In May 2010, the Housing division of the Department of Social Development partnered with the Fredericton Homeless Shelters to bring together interested community stakeholders to work collaboratively in providing support for the homeless as they transitioned into their own affordable housing units. This ad-hoc group would become the Supportive Housing Network – SUN. Smythe Street Church was one of those first stakeholders.
The SUN Committee believes strongly in ‘Housing First’, a recovery-oriented approach to ending homelessness that centers on quickly moving people experiencing homelessness into independent and permanent housing and then providing additional supports and services as needed.
Smythe Street Church supports the SUN Committee by:
- Creating Home Starter Baskets for SUN clients to get set up in their homes
- Procuring items to help SUN clients furnish their homes
- Offering storage solutions for SUN inventory
- Assisting mothers with newborns and young children through the Mom2Mom ministry
- Bringing forth names of those people who may qualify as a SUN client
- Serving as a voting partner at monthly SUN meetings