Give the Gift of Sight This Holiday to one of our CSP Members!


A Letter to the Editor was recently published in the Lethbridge Herald by one of our Clean Sweep Program (CSP) employees, Richard Anderson. The letter was in response to a previous editorial about clearing up misconceptions about Syrian refugees.

For those of you who do not know much about the CSP, it's a program managed by the
Downtown Lethbridge BRZ in partnership with Social Housing In Action and the Heart of Our City committee. CSP members receive practical work experience, earned income and stability. The majority of CSP workers are either homeless or recently housed individuals in our community.

Richard is an intelligent, conscientious individual who is up at 5:00 a.m., Monday to Friday, ready to work to keep our downtown clean. It truly saddens me to hear that along with Richard, there are many more people in our community that are in a very similar situation as his in our shelter. He is a voice amongst many and I applaud him for having the courage to shine a light on our disenfranchised citizens.


As this is a multi-pronged issue within Lethbridge, we at the DBRZ would like to, at the very least, help Richard out with the gift of sight this holiday season. We are taking donations to be able to provide him with an eye exam and a new pair of glasses.


If you would like to make a contribution to help fund the costs associated with helping Richard out with glasses, please visit our gofundme page: or contact the Downtown BRZ at either or call me, Melissa, at 403-327-9002.

Posted on:
Friday, December 11, 2015