Mental Health Resource Center holds Open Day

vlcsnap-2013-08-29-14h26m05s162The Belize City Resource Center caters to the homeless and mentally ill in our society. Today they hosted an open house at their offices at corner Vernon and Tibruce Streets in Belize City. We learn more from administrator Joyce Ellis.

 

Joyce Ellis – Belize City Resource Center Administrator:

vlcsnap-2013-08-29-14h25m47s11vlcsnap-2013-08-29-14h26m34s217It’s a Donors Appreciation Day, where we’re appreciating and thanking our donors for donating to us to get our program off the ground.  Also it’s a media sensitization day, so that people could know the center is actually open and running.  What we want the public to know about the center is that it’s up and running.  We cater for the mentally ill, homeless, and the elderly.  We also have them interact on a daily basis.  What we do here, they get a hot meal, and they also get to take a shower, and get involved in certain therapeutic activities that will help them better cope with their situations.

Joyce Ellis went onto tell us more about the work at the center and its importance.

Joyce Ellis – Belize City Resource Center Administrator:

vlcsnap-2013-08-29-14h27m15s122Since the eighth of July we have started functioning with a three week pilot program.  Since then our doors haven’t been closed.  We do still have space at present.  We have a total of 120 participants registered to the center, but we aim to do 150.  On a daily basis we feed an average of 42 participants.  The center is a ‘drop in’ center, meaning that you can only come, have a hot meal, a change of clothes, and stay here for a couple of hours of the day, and then you have to leave.  We don’t have a residential facility.

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