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Work crew of adults with developmental disabilities looking to replace stolen truck

The thieves who stole a work crew's truck on Halloween took more than a vehicle.

They also took away the means for a crew of adults with developmental disabilities to achieve a sense of accomplishment and belonging because without it they can't perform the outdoor work they're contracted to do.   

The thieves who stole a work crew's truck on Halloween took more than a vehicle.

They also took away the means for a crew of adults with developmental disabilities to achieve a sense of accomplishment and belonging because without it they can't perform the outdoor work they're contracted to do.

 

With spring on the way, the seven-member crew needs a new truck to criss-cross the Lower Mainland with their lawn mowers, rakes and other groundskeeping gear.

“The crew is devastated and we do not know how we are going to keep up with demand,” said Don Matthews, the mobile work crew's team leader for 27 years. “The crew is ready to get going with more jobs, but we need the truck to make it happen.

“This work means so much to the crew and provides a sense of belonging in the community.”

The crew works under the auspices of the Fraserside Community Services Society, which began in 1972 as SANE (Self-Aid Never Ends), a grassroots collection of six people who, working out of a basement, developed the Sapperton Thrift Store, the society's first community program.  Read more.

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