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 17, 2013

Homeless Families Appreciate Your Help

Over the past few weeks, BTAC has seen a rise in the number of requests for emergency shelter.  This isn't  for our regular homeless clients, but for mothers with small children. 

Imagine begin a homeless mother, trying to take care of your children.  You are on a waiting list for a family shelter, so you have to live in your car.  But the past months have been some of the most hot and humid the area has experienced.  You've been running your air conditioning so much, that it finally gives out.  The shelter calls, and you have a space in a few days.  But without the air conditioning, your kids are really going to suffer.

This is just one of the many hearwrenching stories we heard from too many mothers during the hottest weeks of the year.  Fortunately, BTAC had funds to provide emergency shelter for these families.  Imagine the relief, beiing out of the blistering heat; being able to shower; having a bed in which to sleep.  Without your support of BTAC's emergency shelter program, it would not have happened. 

Thank you for helping provide these mothers a safe, clean and cool place to stay with thier children.

Mar 29, 2013

No one went hungry!

In the months following the Holiday Season, BTAC's donations decrease dramatically.  Whether busy with New Years' resolutions, worrying about paying for the holiday gifts, preparing for taxes, etc., people don't think about donating food until a few months into the New Year.

Although we appreciate the slow-down of activity after a VERY busy holiday season, BTAC never stops providing food for those who are in need.  Through donations made this past quarter, coupled with residual food from the holidays, BTAC's shelves have been well stocked.  In fact, just yesterday, our Pantry Manager, Edward told the staff he was in an unusual place.  In previous years, in April, he would have to cut back on the amount of food given out in grocery orders.  Not so for 2013! 

What a relief!  And it wouldn't have happened without your generous support. 

Thank you very much!

Mar 15, 2013

Long lines for Homeless Lunches

Each day at about 10:30 a.m. the line for lunches begins to grow.  It snakes along the sidewalk in front of Burbank Tempoary Aid Center, almost to the end of the block. 

In the line are many we might consider "typical homeless", the men we see on benches, at intersections,etc. around town.  But interspersed in the group are a growing number of women, families and seniors.  One man explained that he and his 54 year old mother were homeless.  This took me aback, because she and I are the same age.  I couldn't begin to imagine what it would feel like to be homeless as I approach my retirement years. 

These humble people come everyday to pick up the sack lunch provided by BTAC.  Often, it is the only meal of thier day.  Thanks to your support, we are able to meet the need, offering substantial sack lunches for the homeless.

We hear their thanks every day, but I want to pass it along to you.  Because without you, we couldn't do it.

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