Volunteers spent the weekend grilling up food and drumming up support for the Living Space homeless shelters and its programs, during a craft fair at the Porcupine Mall.

Living Space executive director Jason Sereda says it’s important to raise money and awareness, and to reach out for support in the East End.

“All the programs throughout the community really need to work together,” he says.  So whether you live in South Porcupine or Timmins or Cochrane, one of the other communities, we really need to work together on the issues of poverty and homelessness.”

Jason Sereda, executive director of Living Space. Photo credit: Bob McIntyre, Moose FM

Recently added daytime programs at the Living Space shelter on Cedar Street North are already showing positive results, according to Sereda.

”Incredibly good.  We’re seeing 60 to 70 people walk through our doors a day, getting connected with over 15 service organizations who stop by each week.  And we’re noticing preliminary results showing the more people we see during the day, the less people we’re seeing at night in the shelter.”

That’s an indication, says Sereda, that the services are providing big steps towards independence for the poor and homeless.