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 26, 2014

Homeless line up for lunches

Each day at about 10 a.m., a group of homeless folks begin to gather in front of Burbank Temporary Aid Center (BTAC).  Slowly, the gathering evolves in to a line, extending around the corner.  This friendly gathering has become a visual reminder of how many people are homeless in the Burbank commnity, and how BTAC is the place they turn for help.

At 10:30 a.m., the door to BTAC's pantry opens up. One by one, each person in line recieves a sack lunch and his/her choice of a variety of fruits, salads, pizza, sweets, etc.  Each one is greeted by name, with a smile.  Food is not the only thing important for a person's well-being.  Sometimes the kind word and smile athat accompanies the food is just as important.

The funds donated for this project ensure that BTAC can provide that daily sustenance. This lunch will often be their only  meal for the day.  So we try to include plenty of items - fruit, something sweet and something salty, a bottle of water and at least one sandwich.  Your monetary donations, coupled food donations, ensure the lunches are hearty and tasty. 

Oct 1, 2014

With your help, we made it through the summer!

As the years have gone by, doesn't it seem that time passes much more quickly?  Yet, I'm still surprised when the summer ends and we begin to think of the holiday season. 

As I was walking through our warehouse yesterday, our shelves were bare in several places, but not as bare as in years past.  You see, the summer puts a strain on our pantry.  Mothers, who have been able to count on the subsidized school lunch programs for their children, now need to cover this at home.  Burbank Temporary Aid Center sees a marked increase of need during the summer months.  Sometimes, by the end of the year, our food stock is almost depleted.  But this year, it wasn't.

Because of 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. 

Sep 9, 2014

One meal a day, for many

Over the past several years, along with the increased need for services, Burbank Temporary Aid Center staff and volunteers have also seen a decline in the number of organizations serving the homeless. 

The homeless in the Burbank community have gone from being able have a hot meal at the local (now closed) soup kitchen and then getting a sack lunch from BTAC, to only having the sack lunch.  How many of us would be happy with only one meal per day?

With your help, BTAC has been able to purchase additional items for the lunches, to help them last longer and be more filling.  At the same time, our Pantry Manager tries to find affordable yet healthful items, such as fresh fruits and veggies, non-carbonated beverages, etc. 

These additional items are especially important  for the weekends, when BTAC is closed.  We try to 'beef up' our lunches with extra items that will help our homeless friends for a few extra days. 

A sack lunch may seem rather simple, but when it is your only meal for the entire day, it is a treasure.  And each day, BTAC provides more than 75 of these treasured lunches.  Thank you for helping provide these lunches, by sharing of your own personal 'treasure. 

 
   

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