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...
Nov 7, 2016

The holidays are jut around the corner

Santa
Santa's Room is ready for shopping to begin.

Dear friends,

As we enter this holiday season of thanks and giving, we begin focussing on the gifts we might give to our friends and family.

Each year, hundreds of parents in the Burbank community worry about how they are going to provide food and gifts for thier children.  Children's anticipation of the holidays is like nothing else and parents feel that additional pressure to ensure the dreams are, at least partially, fulfilled.

That is where Burbank Temporary Aid Center's Santa's Room comes into the picture.  Dedicated BTAC volunteers create a "store', with rooms dedicated to books, dolls, age groups, etc.  Then, the parents, accompanied by one of those wonderful volunteers, actually 'shop' for thier children's gifts. I've included a few photos Santa's Rooms over the past few years.

When BTAC began using this shopping model, it was to help reduce the amount of time spent exhanging some of the gifts (selected by well intentioned volunteers) that were duplicates, wrong sizes, etc.  But the unexpected result was seeing the joy of each parent as they were able to personally select items for each child.  

Your support of this project helps make the holidays brighter for both the children and the parents.  Thank you for being part of this.  We hope your holidays are filled with happiness, joy and the warm feeling of knowing you are making a difference.

A volunteer displays a donated bicycle!
A volunteer displays a donated bicycle!
Volunteers are eager to begin shopping!
Volunteers are eager to begin shopping!
Aug 23, 2016

We had food for the summer

School has begun here in Burbank and this marks another milestone for us:  Having enough food for the summer.  

During the summer, most people are busy with summer break, vacations, etc. and they don't often think that the need for food actually increases during the summer months.  During the school year, many students receive federally subsidized free or low cost breakfast and lunch.  So, when school is out, the burden falls on the parents to provide lunch and breakfast for thier children.  

Thanks to your support, BTAC was able to keep enough food on hand to meet this increase that comes each summer.  We are so happy we didn't have to cut back the amount of food given to each family.  Instead, we were able to increase it a bit more!

Thank you for your generous and ongoing support.  

Mar 29, 2016

Families were fed!

Last week, I was giving a tour to a group of Brownies.  It had not dawned on me that any of them might be part of needy families.  But when I asked if any of their families hadn't had enough food, I was stunned when one little girl raised her hand.

It was a strong reminder that people are struggling all around us.  They are people we would never expect, but are secretly in need.  Sometimes is is because they aren't aware of services, and sometimes, they are embarrassed.  

Later, I took one of the leaders aside to ask for more information about the child's circumstances.  The leader had been surprised by the girl's response and promised to check into the situation.  I asked her to encourage the familiy to come to Burbank Temporary Aid Center (BTAC) for assistance.

This is just one example the work BTAC is doing.  

But it wouldn't happen, if donors like you didn't generously support our work.  Your donations help keep our shelves filled with groceries.  These groceries not only provide physical sustenance, but emotional sustenance.  It is knowning they aren't alone in thier struggle that means the most to many of BTAC's clients.  

Thankyou for your support and the role you play in make sure BTAC can continue serving the community. 

 
   

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