Burbank Temporary Aid Center

Burbank Temporary Aid Center Mission Statement BTAC is dedicated to providing the poor, working poor, and homeless of the local community with basic services they need to live with dignity, and to serve citizens of the city in times of emergency and disaster. As a conduit between the generous donors of the community, foundations and government resources, BTAC works to provide clients with help such as food, utility assistance, transportation assistance, emergency shelter (off-site and short-term), medical assistance, referrals to other community resources, and holiday outreach. Vision Statement BTAC strives to help create a community where the poor and working poor are able to access t...
Jun 3, 2015

What happends when school is out for the summer?

Each summer, BTAC experinces an interesting shift.  The number of daily sack lunches being requested can more than double.  Why?  Because school is out. 

You'd be surprised how many homeless families are in the Burbank area.  During the school year, the kids in these families take advantage of the Federal Free and Reduced Cost breakfast and lunch programs.  But when that final school bell rings, that all changes.  The parents now rely on BTAC's daily sack lunch to feed their children, as well as themselves. 

Consider how it might feel to be a parent in this situation.  Three or more family members sleeping in thier car, tkaing showers and doing your laundry at BTAC. standing in lne to pick up your daily lunches, having your mail delivered there, too.  You are desperately trying to hold things together.  The kids are in school, but trying to not show they are homeless.  At least you know they won't go hungry because of the school's subsidised meals. Then, summer comes and for three months, you have to depend on BTAC lunches - often the only meal of the day. 

Most of us, myself included, usually picture a middle aged man when someone mentions "homeless".  But in reality that picture includes women, couples and, yes . . . . families with children.  Through your support of the Homeless Lunches, BTAC will be able to meet the increased need experienced during the summer months. 

Thank you for your support.

Apr 7, 2015

The holidays were happy for BTAC's clients.

Once again, and with your help, Burbank Temoprary Aid Center was able to provide gifts for more than 1,000 children and youth.  Thank you!

Your donations were used to provide gifts for teens.  This is a big challenge every year.  We see donations of many Barbies and Tonka Trucks, Candyland and Chutes and Ladders games come in - all for younger kids.  But gift for teens, well, it is too often an after-thought. Your help allowed us to purchase items that teens would enjoy. 

As I've mentioned before, although the kids are happy to have presents on Christmas morning, I honestly think the parents are most grateful.  I can't imagine how it feels to worry about just putting food on the table, let alone providing holiday gifts.  Peer pressure, television ads, etc. create high expectations.  Many parents just don't have the means to meet them.  But through Santa's Room, they have the help they need.

Thank you for making the holidays brighter for many children, and for easing the burden on thier parents. 

Sincerely,

Apr 7, 2015

Food was available

After the holidays, things return to normal at Burbank Temporary Aid Center . . . almost. 

People are still coming to us for food and assistance.  Volunteers still make time in thier schedules to help stock shelves.  Staff work with clients to provide services.  But one thing is missing.  No one is doing a food drive! 

Once the holidays are over, the number of food drives drop off dramatically.  But the need is still there.  Often, we have to cut back the amount of food we give families, because we are afraid of running out.  But not this year!  Thanks to your help, BTAC has been able to provide food, even adding some fresh fruits and vegetables along the way.  

We appreciate your support of the poor in our community.  Each day, we hear thier thanks for the assistance they receive.  But we know the thanks goes to our donors like you, who provides the resources necessary to continue this work.

Thank you,

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