Creating homes for the homeless will get a boost April 25 when Steve Bell, well-known Canadian recording artist and advocate for justice in Canadian society, performs at Sechelt’s Raven’s Cry Theatre to raise funds for RainCity Housing.
“It’s one of those topics that inspires apathy,” says Wally Robinson, elder at Calvary Baptist Church in Gibsons, who has spearheaded the fundraiser bringing together eight churches to support the event. “Homelessness is a huge issue. It’s a black mark on our society and I understand that people feel they can do nothing about it. We felt that, as a community of churches, we could bring everyone together around Steve’s music and passion to make a difference.”
Bell has been a powerful advocate for changes to Canada’s position on Indigenous rights and a long-time supporter of efforts to support the homeless and citizens who live on the periphery of Canada’s wealthy mainstream.
“Steve Bell’s music champions kindness and inspires people to step out and care for those who have less in our community,” Robinson said.
RainCity Housing itself champions a simple – and by their own admission – a complex vision of “a home for every person.” RainCity is focused on providing housing and support for people who have experienced various forms of trauma and marginalization and who live with mental health and substance use issues. The organization is actively engaged with various First Nations.
Robinson noted that the Sunshine Coast has benefitted by the increase in homeless shelter operations in recent years.
“Bringing together an artist such as Steve Bell to support the work of RainCity Housing is a perfect combination,” he said. “RainCity is closely associated with First Nations needs in our region and people of all backgrounds who have basic needs that can be met. That’s our visions as the church community.”
Tickets are available at Strait Music in Sechelt, Laedeli Gifts in Gibsons Sunnycrest Mall, online at stevebell.com and at the office of Calvary Baptist Church, 711 Park Road, Gibsons.
– Submitted by Wally Robinson