CANADA Post employees and Car 22, the Integrated Outreach Team which pairs a police officer and a mental health clinician on the North Shore, recently assisted a stranded single mother of three kids.
On August 3, Canada Post employees contacted police to report that a single mother of three had been stranded in the parking lot of the Canada Post Capilano Delivery Centre and needed assistance. Car 22 attended and met with the parties involved.
It was quickly learned that a single mother of three young kids from out of the province was stranded in the parking lot of Canada Post for a week with no food, money or gas for their vehicle. While the officers were in the process of seeking assistance for the mother, the Canada Post employees conducted an impromptu 50/50 draw to raise money for the family. With the money raised, the employees attended Walmart and bought food for the family.
The Car 22 officer called for a tow truck to fill up the woman’s vehicle and connected her with the RCMP Victim Services section. Car 22 and Victim Services worked diligently and secured short-term housing for the family so they would not have to sleep in their vehicle. In the days following, RCMP Victim Services followed up with the family and connected them with social services.
“This was truly a collective effort. The tireless efforts of the Canada Post employees, Car 22 and RCMP Victim Services coming together to assist this family highlights a true example of the community coming together to help those in need,” said Constable Mansoor Sahak, spokesperson for North Vancouver RCMP.