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The Montego Bay Street People Programme, operated under the auspices of the St. James Parish Council’s Poor Relief Department, will receive a big boost, with the acquisition of a 2001 Toyota Hiace Mini Bus valued at $1.07 million.
The vehicle was purchased with funds allocated by the Ministry of Local Government, Community Development and Sport and will soon be officially handed over to the Poor Relief Department by the Minister, Portia Simpson-Miller in Montego Bay.
The Montego Bay Street People Programme, with its innovative structure and its far-reaching effects in aiding the less fortunate, will be the highlight of an up-coming presentation and awards ceremony, which will see staff members, and organisations being recognised for outstanding contribution to the programme.
The new vehicle is expected to be used to transport participants in the Montego Bay Street People Programme to and from organisations involved in offering care. These include, the Parish Council’s night shelter at Albion, the Committee for the Upliftment of the Mentally Ill (CUMI), and the Cornwall Regional Hospital. The vehicle is to be utilised also by the St. James Infirmary.
Public and Community Relations Officer of the St. James Parish Council, Suzette Brown, told JIS News that the new vehicle will go a far way in empowering the programme to effectively deal with present transportation challenges.
“Currently, the Street People Programme has an ambulance which has been assigned to the St. James Infirmary. This vehicle also transports residents of the Refuge of Hope Night Shelter, who are participants in the Montego Bay Street People Programme to the care facilities for treatment,” she explained adding, “this naturally poses some transportation challenges, which will now be dealt with more effectively”.
“We at the St. James Parish Council, appreciate the gesture by the Ministry of Local Government, Community Development and Sport in donating this well needed vehicle to the Council,” Ms. Brown stated.