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Jagrup sleeping at Surrey Urban Mission.
NEWS RELEASE · 4th January 2012
Jagrup Brar NDP MLA
Since my chances of finding a bed at the Front Room were very slim as there were only 40 shelter beds and 50 people waiting for them, I decided to walk to another shelter called the Surrey Urban Mission to find a bed.

I arrived there around 5pm and volunteers were cooking dinner for the homeless people – chicken, veggies, and salad. After supper I was directed by volunteers to the shelter room. It was a big room with wooden floor. There were 15 mats and a big TV. I was the first one there.

People kept arriving until late into the night. In the end, three couples and nine individuals stayed at the shelter with me. The shelter has its own culture which people follow strictly without being reminded. Each person gets a mat and blanket and lies down quietly. They remove their shoes and use their backpacks as pillows. A light is required to stay on all night. This was the first time I can remember sleeping with a light on at night.