BNSF Foundation gives $25,000 boost to Vancouver’s plan for homeless day center

Donation by BNSF comes a month after CE John Company provided $300,000 for the project

The BNSF Railway Foundation has provided a $25,000 boost for the city of Vancouver’s new homeless day center.

It’s the second recent large donation for the project, which seeks to provide services to the homeless at a center to be located at 2018 Grand Blvd. CE John Company Inc. donated $300,000 toward the project in April.

The covered area of a new homeless day center is seen in this photograph included in a presentation that was made to the Vancouver City Council. Learn more about the facility here: cityofvancouver.us/daycenter
The covered area of a new homeless day center is seen in this photograph included in a presentation that was made to the Vancouver City Council. Learn more about the facility here: cityofvancouver.us/daycenter

The center will replace the existing temporary facility in downtown Vancouver. Construction is on track to be completed by the fall with partners and service agencies moving in shortly thereafter, according to a press release from the city.

“We are grateful for BNSF’s generous donation which will help ensure that people experiencing homelessness in our community have a place to go during the day to access services,” said Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle. “We appreciate the support and engagement of our businesses and community members who come together to help make vitally important projects like the day center a reality.”

The new center will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, offering restrooms, mental health guidance, storage for personal belongings, mail service, phone charging stations, job search assistance, help with transportation, showers, laundry service and more.

“BNSF is pleased to be a part of this important focus in Clark County to improve the quality of life for the homeless,” said Gus Melonas, regional director of public affairs for BNSF Railway.

For more information about the new day center, visit cityofvancouver.us/daycenter.

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