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 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!


Jun 17, 2013

Homeless lunches are vital!

Have you ever wondered what you would do for food if you were to become homeless.  Like me, you might imagine yourself having to dig through trash cans or panhandle at the freeway entrance for spare change.  One day, you might be lucky enough to find enought to fill your stomach.  But other days, it could be a very different story.  

This is what the homeless face every day.  Fortunatly, each day homeless can visit Burbank Temporary Aid Center to pick up a sack lunch.  Each day around 10:30 a.m., motorists driving along Burbank Blvd. will notice a line forming in front of Burbank Temporary Aid Center (BTAC).  Over the next 30 minutes, the line will grow to stretch around the corner.  But by 12:00 Noon, it will be gone. 

In addition to the nourishment of the lunch, they have come to appreciate the warm smile and friendly 'hello' from the volunteer distributing the lunches.  Some are down-on-thier-luck veterans, others are mothers who are living in their car with thier young children, but all are homeless and would go hungry without this sack lunch.

Most often, the lunches are made by volunteers.  But with the growing number of homeless, BTAC often runs short.  Rather than send someone away empty-handed, BTAC keeps a supply of lunch items on hand, so lunches can be made very quickly.  The most expensive and and difficult item to provide is the sandwich or protein item.  Our Pantry Manager watches the sales.  When he sees the tuna or chicken salad kits on sale, he buys several because he knows he will need them down the road. 

Without your support of this lunch program, when the other lunches were all distributed, homeless would be sent away hungry.  But because of you, we can maintain back up stock for those times when we run short of lunches.  Thank you for helping BTAC meet this need.   

Thank you for your kind and generous support.

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