LETTER: Games do play a role in helping poor, homeless

Opinion Jun 23, 2015 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

Re: Games don’t help the poor (Letters, June 11)

The letter writer has a point that the Pan Am Games will not directly help the poor.

That said, there are many organizations in Hamilton that do help the poor, such as Salvation Army, Good Shepherd, Neighbour to Neighbour, Native Women’s Centre, Mission Services, Interval House, Wesley Urban Ministry, Path Employment, etc.

These groups help feed people that are struggling, as well as giving them a place to sleep. Some of these organizations help those who are currently going through a crisis and assist them to find permanent residences.

To be fair, there are other parks and locations the “poor and homeless” could reside in than Gore Park. Many of the organizations mentioned above would gladly assist in this undertaking. What the Pan Am Games will do is create temporary jobs and be a vehicle to show off Hamilton. This will be positive for Hamilton businesses, as well as potentially encouraging new ventures to our area.

In turn, this will create an opportunity for jobs for those of the unemployed who are able to work.

I believe most only wish a temporary helping hand to get on back on their feet. The Pan Am Games is just one small cog in that wheel.

Jacquie Reid

Hamilton Mountain

LETTER: Games do play a role in helping poor, homeless

Opinion Jun 23, 2015 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

Re: Games don’t help the poor (Letters, June 11)

The letter writer has a point that the Pan Am Games will not directly help the poor.

That said, there are many organizations in Hamilton that do help the poor, such as Salvation Army, Good Shepherd, Neighbour to Neighbour, Native Women’s Centre, Mission Services, Interval House, Wesley Urban Ministry, Path Employment, etc.

These groups help feed people that are struggling, as well as giving them a place to sleep. Some of these organizations help those who are currently going through a crisis and assist them to find permanent residences.

To be fair, there are other parks and locations the “poor and homeless” could reside in than Gore Park. Many of the organizations mentioned above would gladly assist in this undertaking. What the Pan Am Games will do is create temporary jobs and be a vehicle to show off Hamilton. This will be positive for Hamilton businesses, as well as potentially encouraging new ventures to our area.

In turn, this will create an opportunity for jobs for those of the unemployed who are able to work.

I believe most only wish a temporary helping hand to get on back on their feet. The Pan Am Games is just one small cog in that wheel.

Jacquie Reid

Hamilton Mountain

LETTER: Games do play a role in helping poor, homeless

Opinion Jun 23, 2015 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

Re: Games don’t help the poor (Letters, June 11)

The letter writer has a point that the Pan Am Games will not directly help the poor.

That said, there are many organizations in Hamilton that do help the poor, such as Salvation Army, Good Shepherd, Neighbour to Neighbour, Native Women’s Centre, Mission Services, Interval House, Wesley Urban Ministry, Path Employment, etc.

These groups help feed people that are struggling, as well as giving them a place to sleep. Some of these organizations help those who are currently going through a crisis and assist them to find permanent residences.

To be fair, there are other parks and locations the “poor and homeless” could reside in than Gore Park. Many of the organizations mentioned above would gladly assist in this undertaking. What the Pan Am Games will do is create temporary jobs and be a vehicle to show off Hamilton. This will be positive for Hamilton businesses, as well as potentially encouraging new ventures to our area.

In turn, this will create an opportunity for jobs for those of the unemployed who are able to work.

I believe most only wish a temporary helping hand to get on back on their feet. The Pan Am Games is just one small cog in that wheel.

Jacquie Reid

Hamilton Mountain