How are the shoes distributed?
The shoes are distributed at Foot Care Clinics held 3-4 times per year at The Salvation Army Harbour Light in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside. Each person receives a clean, dry pair of shoes and a new pair of socks. They also have the choice to take a foot bath and to see a podiatrist.
The clinics are powered by volunteers from the Salvation Army, The Rotary Club of Vancouver Quadra (as well as other Lower Mainland Rotary clubs) and Rackets & Runners among others. Many of our clinic volunteers are clients of Harbour Light’s live-in Substance Abuse Treatment program and their Community Residential Facility which provides residential services and counseling support to individuals on conditional release from Federal Institutions. This provides an avenue for these clients to help others and develop a sense of community during the time they’re receiving treatment.