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...
Dec 20, 2012

Thanks for helping provide holiday food!

In the past four years, the number of people seeking food assistance from Burbank Temporary Aid Center has quadrupled.  So, when it comes to the holidays, it can put a strain on our resources to keep up with the need.

Thus far in November and December, BTAC has distributed more than 750 turkeys,or hams, along with the "fixin's" for the traditional holiday meals.  By the end of 2012, that number will exceed 1,000.  And those are just families with children.  In mid-November, I was panicked about how we were going to get enough turkeys to give to everyone.  Then I remembered the generous donations through Global Giving.  When I reviewed the donations, I breathed a sigh of relief, knowing we would be able to manage!

While other food pantries have had to cut back the amounts and quality of holiday food they could distribute, BTAC has been able to keep up with the need.  I look forward to a day when the need isn't so great, and my mind can rest a bit more easy.  But until that day, I want you to know how much your gift touches lives of people who are truly in need.

Often you will never know that someone is struggling.  They could work with you, attend the same congregation, or have kids at the same school as yours.  They hide behind a brave face, but inside, they are trying to decide whether to put food on the table or pay the power bill or car insurance.  BTAC  - and you through your gift - helps alleviate some of thier concern. 

Thank you again, for your support.

Nov 28, 2012

Homeless Appreciate the Lunches You've Provided

Each day, Burbank Temporary Aid Center distrbutes sack lunches for the homeless.  This past year has been especially challenging, with the growing number of homeless, as well as fewer donations of sack lunches.  Often, the sack lunch will be the person's only meal of the day and we try to fill it with healthful and filling items.   

Not long ago, the local Salvation Army stopped serving meals for the homeless and referred all of the homeless to our facility.  This put a strain on our already limited resources.  But I remember the panic in thier eyes and voice, when they arrived at BTAC, worried that they might not be able to get anything to eat.  And then the gratitude, knowing they wouldn't go hungry. 

As our economy has worsened, the number of those asking for lunches has increased.  Many are newly homeless, and are floundering as they try to navigate thier way through the "system."  For many, the lunch represents much more than a meal.  The caring human contact and kindness offered by our staff and volunteers goes a long way. 

Thanks to your donations, we've not had to turn anyone away.  BTAC has been able to purchase food to make or supplement sack lunches for almost 400 homeless men, women and families. 

Thank you for helping BTAC fight hunger among the homeless.

Oct 1, 2012

Thanks for helping us make it through the summer!

It doesn't seem quite real, yet, that the days are becoming a bit cooler and the holidays are just around the corner.  The summer at Burbank Temporary Aid Center (BTAC) is always a lean time for donations.  With school out and vacations planned, folks often forget that the poor and those who have fallen on hard times still depend on BTAC for food. 

However, thank to friends like you, BTAC was able to keep up with the need for food during the lean summer months.  Local grocers made donations, churches collected canned goods, and where we did run short, your donation allowed us to purchase those things we needed. 

I hope you feel good, knowing you were able to help us maintain our food supply and keep families from going hungry!

Although our shelves are now a bit bare, we know that as the holidays approach, you and many of our other friends will remember the continuing need and make certain BTAC has the food, (especially the holiday food) necessary to ensure the holidays are filled with warmth, family and wonderful, traditional meals.

Thanks again for your support.  It is appreciated and we do not take it for granted. 

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