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...
Mar 28, 2014

The only meal of the day

The news media will tell us that the economy is turning around.  But those served by Burbank Temporary Aid Center, have yet to feel it. 

Each day, the line for lunches snakes along the sidewalk.  Men and women, some parents of young children, depend on Burbank Temporary Aid Center for a sack lunch.  Although the lunches are filled with sandwiches, chips, beverages, fruit and a sweet treat, it is often the only meal of the day. 

There are times when the donated lunches need some "beefing up".  Other times, BTAC runs out of lunches, altogether.  So, BTAC's Pantry Manager, Edward, heads off to buy food to supplement the donations.  Ten years ago, this never happened.  But with the growing need of the past six years, it has become too common place. 

When you give to support this program, you are truly touching lives in a meaningful way. 

Thank you for your contribution.

Mar 4, 2014

Thank you for helping Shelter the homeless

Burbank Temporary Aid Center is one of the few organizations in our area providing emergency shelter for families with children. 

Recently, we have seen a rise in the number of homeless families.  Often, they became homeless after a parent lost a job or had hours cut back.   It is heartbreaking to see famlies living in thier cars, while trying to keep up with school, jobs, etc. 

There aren't many shelters that accomodate families, and the ones that do welcome families have waiting lists.  he emergency shelter provided by BTAC is at a local motel.  These aren't Marriotts or Hiltons.  In fact, most of us wouldn't even consider staying in them.  But for a homeless family, they are magnificent.  The emergency shelter can provide a bridge between being homeless and getting into a family-friendly shelter.  An it gives the family a chance to shower, sleep in a comfortable bed and be out of the elements - if only for a few nights until they hear that space has opened up for them.

Your support of this program has been vital to BTAC being able to provide this service. 

Thanks again for your support.

Jun 17, 2013

The holidays are behind us, but people are still hungy!

The hectic holidays are behind us.  Many generous and kind people dropped off groceries to help fill Burbank Temporary Aid Center's (BTAC) shelves. But after January 1st of each year, it takes a while before they think of us, again.

Sadly, the economic challenges faced by so many of our clients don't take a break.  They still keep parents away at night, as they wonder how they are going to provide for thier family.

That is why your donation is so important.  When the stock on our shelves begins to dwindle, donations like yours help us purchase the items we need the most.  Things like tuna fish, peanut butter and dairy products.  They may seem like ordinary items in our own pantries, but to a single mother trying to raise a family, it is a treasure.

This year, 2014, BTAC is celebrating 40 years of service in the community.  Recently, a local columnist wrote about teh work we are doing.  I have included a link to the website. 

We sometimes overuse the saying 'it takes a village'.  But in BTAC's case, it is very true.  You are part of the village that keeps hunger from the doorstep of almost 3,000 households in Burbank.  That translates to almost 10,000 people.  So our village is really making a difference.  We couldn't do it without you.

Thanks so much for your help!


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