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 10, 2015

Feeding the homeless

Each morning around 8:00 a.m., the homeless begin gathering outside of Burbank Temporary Aid Center (BTAC).  BTAC won't open for another hour and sack lunches won't be distributed until 10:30 a.m..  As 10:30 nears, the line grows.  It snakes down the block and around the corner as more and more homeless arrive.  By noon, the line will have disappeard, but more than 100 lunches will have been given out by BTAC and its workforce of volunteers.

Many times, area churches make the lunches.  But as word has spread about BTAC's lunch prograrm, sometimes there aren't enough.  That is where you come in.  Your contribution allows BTAC to purchase items for the lunches.  Not just chips and sweets, but tuna, chicken and meats to help make the lunches more filling and healthful.

On occasion, I have heard criticism about our wanting to provide better food options.  "Beggars can't be choosers!", is a favorite retort.  My response is that it doesn't matter.  They may be homeless, but deserve respect and care. 

Your contribution to this program shows that respect and care.  We may not be able to change thier circumstances, but we can fill thier bodies with foods we, ourselves, would want to eat.

Thank you for your support. 

Jan 2, 2015

Families were fed!

The past few months have been a flurry of activity at Burbank Temporary Aid Center.  In addition to the 'regular' food we distribute, we also gave out holiday foods for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

But holiday foods can be expensive - especially when you are buying and distributing over 1,000 turkeys between the two holidays!  Some years we have actually run short.  But this year, with the funds donated through GlobalGiving and other donations, there were plenty of turkeys to go around. 

Holiday traditions are important in every family, especially during the holidays.  The smells of the meal as it cooks, as well as the food and family help make and remember happy  memories.  By providing all of the fixin's for a traditional holiday meal, families don't have to rely on soup kitchens for thier holiday meal.  They can continue creating their own family traditions.

As we come to the close of 2014, I am grateful for your support, which has allowed BTAC to help those in need.

Thank you, and Happy New Year!

Jan 2, 2015

We did it!

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!

The GlobalGiving donations were used to purchase gift cards, sports equipment, etc. for teens.  Each year, providing gifts for teens is a big challenge.  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. 

On the second day of our gift distribution, I received a frantic call from the coordinator, "We are out of everything for teens!  What do I do?"  Using donations received through GlobalGiving and other donors, we were able to restock the shelves and ensure everyone had a gift.

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.  I hope knowing this, makes your holidays brighter, as well.

Happy New Year!

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