Homelessness Marathon: Meeting the Boyle Street Van Family

The poster for the Homelessness Marathon, with a simple illustration of a microphone at centre.
CJSR hosted the 2014 Homelessness Marathon, raising awareness about homelessness around Canada.

My story for the 2014 Homelessness Marathon was quite a challenge to put together. I can’t remember ever before spending a whole afternoon recording hours of tape, then whittling it down to a 20-minute mini-doc for radio. In this case, we had many months of time to prepare for the national marathon of community radio programming about homelessness in Canada. I used some of that time to get to know the people on the Boyle Street Community Services winter outreach van, which roams all over the city offering people a chance to warm up, get some hot food and supplies, and share the company of people who care about them. I discovered that it isn’t just people on the streets who benefit from this van’s work, though. Together with the staff, they make a caring family that feels it deeply when one of their own is lost.

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