December 3, 2018

Ron is a kind, helpful gentleman in his 50s who lives in Coquitlam. Having a job is important to him because it gets him money in the bank. He's previously worked as a school janitor and cleaner for a wood company.

Today, Ron is a dedicated member of Fraserside's Mobile Work Crew, a team of skilled labourers who contract with residents and businesses in New Westminster to perform a variety of outdoor work including landscaping, rubbish removal, power washing, recycling, grounds keeping and maintenance.

The Mobile Work Crew is a good fit for Ron because he enjoys the physical, routine tasks and team work of creating welcoming environments for his clients, and because he appreciates his boss. "I can have man talks when I need to talk," says Ron about the onsite supervisor employed by Fraserside to provide crew members - all of whom have an ability challenge - with practical opportunities to enhance their work skills and abilities.

Ron's most enjoyed part of the job? "Delivering chocolates and flowers for Christmas."

Yet, around the same time of year, with the heavier rain and colder temperatures of coastal winters, the crew members experience greater wear and tear on their clothing and equipment, all of which they must provide and pay for themselves.

Ron and his fellow crew members want to look as professional and proud as they feel about their work. But their contracts only cover their wages. There is no funding to purchase new heavy-duty gloves and boots.

So this holiday season, Ron and the crew are selling chocolates and poinsettias to raise funds for new clothing and equipment.

Help Ron by purchasing your holiday gifts from the Mobile Work Crew. Download the order forms here: Chocolates or Poinsettias. Orders can be placed until December 10, 2018.

Want to help Ron without buying chocolates or poinsettias?

  • Donate directly to the Mobile Work Crew online here
  • Hire the Mobile Work Crew by contacting the supervisor
  • Donate online here to help Fraserside support Ron and others

Ron, the whole Mobile Work Crew and Fraserside thank you for your generosity and support!