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SASKATOON – The Saskatoon Food Bank is considering cutting back service, due to a record number of people coming through its doors.
“We’re seeing more than 20,000 people each month,” said the bank’s executive director, Laurie O’Connor.
Last year, the bank was seeing around 16,000 people a month. O’Connor says an additional 4,000 people a month is putting a major strain on resources.
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As of now, the service provides hampers to people twice a month. Soon, those in need may only be allowed to come in once a month.
“The problem is not that people aren’t donating. People are actually supporting us the same way they were last year if not more. The problem is we’re seeing so many more people through the door,” she said.
She adds more people being out of work, high rent and a surge in food prices could all be factors.
“What we’re hearing is people aren’t being able to buy nutritious food. They’re having a hard time with the price of meat and fruits and vegetables going up,” she said.
The food bank is doing everything it can to prevent cut backs. O’Connor says for now, it will wait until June to get a better look at the numbers. It will also consider other options like buying groceries in bulk.
Vivek Patawari, co-owner of The Karma – Conscious Cafe and Eatery, says he relied on the bank for more than a week when he first moved to Saskatoon.
“It always stayed in my heart that I owe back to the food bank,” he said.
Patawari says it’s upsetting to see more people without nutritious food and will be donating three per cent of his cafe’s revenue to the food bank.
“We can make this happen together. Let’s be a little more conscious. And just share a piece from your pie,” he said.
A stepfather was picking up pizza at Forest Lawn’s Little Caesars late Friday afternoon when he found both his truck, with his 14-year-old boy inside, suddenly gone.
Police said a man stole the truck shortly before 5 p.m., unaware that the teen was sleeping in the back seat.
“The child woke up after the offender began driving the vehicle and the offender directed him to get out,” Sgt. Geoff Hoover said. “The child, for whatever reason, didn’t want to get out immediately – said ‘no’ – at which time the offender stopped the car, yarded the child out and carried on his way.”
The teen walked to a nearby home, asking for help.
“He was in shock,” said the homeowner, who didn’t want to be identified. “He was shaking and very flush in the face, very apprehensive about everything. He said he didn’t know where he was at one point so he was very scared.”
The boy asked to use a cellphone to call his mom and told the homeowners his truck had been stolen, but little else.
Meanwhile, around Pensdale Road and 8 Avenue S.E., police surrounded the stolen vehicle.
Pensdale Road near 8 Ave S.E. Friday Sarah Offin / Global News
Pensdale Road near 8 Ave S.E. Friday
Sarah Offin / Global News
Investigators said the thief then jumped from the stolen truck, while it was moving, and attempted to run from officers. One police vehicle was hit by the truck which continued into an alleyway.
After about a half hour, the boy was reunited with his parents, unharmed.
“I think they’re all pretty relieved. It had a good turnout with nobody getting hurt so it had a pretty good resolution to the whole thing,” Hoover said.
With files from Janet Lore
SASKATOON – Getting to school is about to get a lot easier for seven students from Bedford Road Collegiate thanks to Grade 12 student Caitlyn Kirkpatrick whose donation initiative is putting bicycles into the hands of her deserving classmates.
“I’m an avid bike rider, I try to bike to school everyday,” said Kirkpatrick.
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“When I saw a lot of the students weren’t able to make it to school because transportation and other methods can be expensive.”
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Caitlyn reached out to the community and within a month bicycles, helmets, locks and repairs were donated from Care and Share, Help One and Sport Chek.
In order to get the bikes, students had to apply to the program and describe why they felt they need one and how they would ‘pay it forward’ to the community in return.
For many of the students who applied, needing quicker transportation to school and work were top priorities. But for Grade 12 student Kineesha Johnson, the bike is more than just a mode of transportation, it’s a key to her independence.
“My parents they are moving to a different city. Right now I just need a job as soon as I can get one and then hopefully make some money because I don’t want to leave,” said Johnson.
The bikes are also empowering: sisters Christine and Joelle Romeah recently came to Saskatoon from Syria where they weren’t allowed to ride bikes in public.
“In Syria, woman don’t ride the bike, just men,” said Christine Romeah.
The two have been in Canada for a month and say they’ll use the bikes to help their parents get groceries and travel to school.
Although Kirkpatrick is graduating this year she hopes the program will continue and expand across the city. Already three more bicycles have been donated and are expected to be handed out any day now.
Matte Black was only 15 years old when he was kicked out of his house. He had nowhere to go. Life on the street – finding food and a safe place to sleep — was a daily challenge.
“Stairwells or parks,” Black told Global News, “[I’ve] even slept in people’s cars in the driveway, waking up in the morning before they got up for work … in the winter. You name it.”
Then, there’s the emotional upheaval of being young and homeless.
“Thirty per cent of the week is spent, as a youth, kind of breaking down,” said Black. “Whether you acknowledge what it is that you’re hurt about, you’re hurt.”
The one thing that kept him going was his music. Black said his guitar and song writing helped him get through the hard times.
WATCH ABOVE: Matte Black describes what it was like to be homeless and living on the streets at 15 years old.
He admitted coping and trying to survive also meant being involved with drugs and time spent in jail.
After nine years of being homeless, Black lost 10 friends to life on the street and he had lost his hope.
He decided he would play one final gig and later that night, he would end his pain and his life.
“In my mind, I had already planned out that when I was done, I was gonna go to a hotel and do whatever it took to basically end my life,” Black said. “But, as I stepped off the stage, JB was there.”
Black had no idea that in the audience was Adrian “JB” Homer.
JB is a Canadian hip hop mogul and owner of GCP Recording Corp. In an instant, Black’s life changed thanks to JB, who gave Black a place to live and make music.
“Literally, within that weekend,” he said, “I had gotten an apartment and a key to a recording studio that I had 24/7 access [to].”
JB told Global News the decision to give Black a chance was an easy one.
“Sometimes when you see someone that you believe in, you don’t have to really wait or ask,” JB said.
“You just know that you see something in somebody and just gotta take that chance with people sometimes,” he added.
Matte Black (left) credits JB with changing the course of his life.
Matte Black (left) credits JB with changing the course of his life.
According to Black, the most important thing JB did for him was to believe in him.
“At the time, I wouldn’t have trusted myself with – any of that equipment. I wouldn’t have trusted myself with a lot of stuff at that time,” said Black.
Within two years, Black owned his own recording studio and home. But it wasn’t enough for Black.
He wanted to do more, so he started Heroes in Black — a non-profit organization that helps homeless youth.
“Our main goal is to rebuild, inspire and employ homeless youth,” he explained. “And we have many different programs aimed at, you know, customizing a plan for them. You know, what do they want to do? What’s their dream? What industry do they want to get into?”
WATCH ABOVE: Matte Black, who was once homeless, explains how the non-profit organization, Heroes in Black changes the lives of homeless youth.
In just three years, Heroes in Black has helped 50 homeless youth find a job, through a program called Hero Training, and by connecting entrepreneurs and business professionals with homeless youth.
The organization and its volunteers have also fed close to 3,000 people through its Hunger Heroes initiative, a partnership with Hero Certified Burgers. What started as a one-time event has turned into a monthly event; handing out food, clothing and blankets to the homeless.
“Not only does he do things that are great, he inspires other to do great things as well, and I think that is the most heroic thing you can do,” said Dante Dante Di Iulio, marketing specialist for Hero Certified Burgers.
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The organization also offer homeless youth an escape from the devastation of life on the street, offering camping trips, emotional support and so much more.
Black and his co-founders hope to open a youth centre and keep expanding and doing everything they can to help young people fulfill their dreams and get off the streets.
WATCH ABOVE: Matte Black has dedicated his life to helping homeless youth, he discusses if he feel like a hero.
As for Black, he’s reconciled with his family and he and JB continue to be in touch.
Black comes a family of successful musicians and artists — and he and JB discovered they actually had a family connection.
As for the role JB played in Black’s remarkable journey, JB is proud of Black, “well, you know, Matte’s a hero. He has a big heart…What I’m seeing, I’m very impressed.”
Black still credits JB for changing the course of his life and he keeps working to change the lives of others.
“It’s kind of like a winning-the-lottery story,” he said. “And there comes great responsibility with that, I believe. [It] doesn’t happen to everyone and because it happened to me, I know that it’s…important to make sure that I leave a path for others that were in that situation to – to find the way out.”
WHAT MAKES AN EVERYDAY HERO?
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