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...
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!

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. 

Jul 15, 2014

Hunger doesn't take a Summer Vacation

For me, summer vacation brings back memories of lazy summer days in rural Minnesota.  Swimming in the lake, riding bikes along the dirt roads and planting and harvesting from our family's garden.  One memory I don't have is of being hungry.

For many children, it is the opposite.  During the school year, low-income children benefit from free and reduced lunch programs in the schools.  Some schools even have breakfast programs!  This takes a huge strain off of families who are struggle to pay rent, insurance, car payments, etc.  But when school dismisses for the summer, that changes. 

I can't imagine how it feels to worry about feeding my children.  And with your donation, you are helping ensure that many parents don't have that worry.  Thank you.

Your contribution means a great deal to everyone at BTAC.  We appreciate your generousity, as well as your trust in our ability to use it well.


Barbara Howell


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