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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 7, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Herald Family Fourth section The Lethbridge Herald Lethbridge, Alberta, Saturday, December 7, 1974 Pages35-44 Society's attitudes are negative Transient men'? rights should be expanded By LYNNE VAN LUVEN Herald Family Editor Services available to tran- sient men in Alberta should be incorporated into the whole social assistance program, instead of being considered a third rate concern, says the department of health and social development ad- ministrator for the Lethbridge region. Bob Rechner says health and social development of- ficials should be "thinking of alternatives" and focusme more attention on the handl- ing of single transient men "We have matured in our other areas of social assistance, but services to transient men still reflect somewhat negative societal he says. Mr Rechner maintains that including services for Iran- Wanted: large home to serve transient men on contract agreement A DRIFTER WAITS FOR A LIFT OUT OF TOWN The ideal solution to shor- tage of accommodation for transient men involves a degree of community response, says Bob Rechner The regional administrator for the department of health and social development says We are proud to have won this overseas trophy in Modem Hairstyling Competition in Larroch, Germany. We achieved the highest overall total score. We invite all ladies to visit us for the finest in modern Hairstyling, all services in complete privacy. 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Open until p.m. Thurwtay Friday 327-SS7S sient men in the regular social assistance program, instead of administering them as a separate mini program, would give itinerant men more protection and entitle them to a wider array of social services "Right now, he says, "the transient is very vulnerable, he has no cleary defined welfare rights Lethbridge is a drop off point for more drifters and men of no fixed address than the average citizen might think says the DHSD official If a "man of the road" hits town without wherewithal for food or lodging, DHSD can help him on a temporary basis The department can give the man one or two nights lodging and vouchers for a few square meals at a local restaurant If he needs help after hours, his recourse is to seek assistance from the city police who will call in a social worker "Much of what we can do depends on the man says Mr. Rechner. "If he in- dicates a willingness to settle down in Lethbridge, we might be able to refer him to other community agencies and give him a hand until he finds work and a place to live." The department has a standing agreement with the owners of two local boarding houses to provide accom- modation for transient men as needed. Mr Rechner terms the arrangement "not wholly satisfactory" because accom- modation is limited and it is very difficult to find a location where the owner is willing to continue putting up transient men on a long term basis. And putting up transient men does involve a certain degree of putting up with un- savory behavior, Mr. Rechner admits. "A lot of these fellows are their own worst says the administrator. "Sometimes they do damage a room and they may be un- reliable All too often they have an alcoholic problem. We can certainly understand why many hotels or private boarding houses do not wish to do business with them "As a society, we espouse the belief that people have a right to a dry place to sleep and says Mr Rechner, "but this theory only seems to apply to a certain segment of society. The prevailing at- titude seems to be that tran- sient men are lazy, shiftless bums and deserve to suffer." "Actually, the professional man of the road we often see can come from vaned walks of life and span many age brackets We have even had college graduates come to us for a meal and a place to sleep. The transient group includes both the man tem- porarily 'down and out' and the permanent drifter who seeks few commitments Mr Rechner says there is no likelihood that a single men's hostel, a kin to those in Calgary and Edmonton, will be built in Lethbridge to serve southern Alberta Although the department has been "blessed with boarding house landladies who have been relatively reasonable and Mr. Rechner says availability of space is a problem that will only become more crucial in the near future. "We many not be very far away from the time when we will see increased numbers of transients sleeping in the park under a few sheets of new- says Mr. Rechner. "The problem could be es- pecially acute in spring and summer, when most drifters are on the move." He says urban renewal, resulting in the renovating or phasing out of older hotels and large houses providing "sleep- ing rooms is adding to the problem of what to do with the transient Even the removal of the car 'graveyard' on Scenic Drive is eliminating an alternative for transients back seat bedrooms in what the social workers term the "Marshall Hilton The Salvation Army also helps transients by putting them up in local hotels. If it had the money and personnel the Army would like nothing better than to build a single men's hostel in Lethbridge. Wanderer chooses thumbing over expense account life "The going can get pretty- tough, but you always manage says a self- avowed 'king of the Richarci Allen is a gregarious 29-year-old who prefers the foot-loose life to toiling in conventional jobs. After four years of university and a stint working for an engineering office, he decided the "BS" of goal-oriented and high pressure life just wasn't for him. He decided to take up prospecting for gold interspersed with odd jobs. After a few months of owning his own vehicle, he got tired of the "hassles and respon- sibilities" of being a motorist. He sold his wheels and has relied on hitch-hiking and the occasional bus ride ever since "I always feel pretty grateful when I get a he adds "I consider it a kind of privilege when someone picks me up "I like to travel, always says Mr Allen who is now studying welding at Lethbridge Community College prior to setting off in search of new places and new jobs in a few weeks. "I like to take the back roads when I go places. I've gone the expense account route, staying in big hotels, and it seems to me that's one of the deadliest, loneliest kinds of existence going Mr. Allen leads the sort of life that sounds idyllic to the average worker who feels hemmed in by a dead-end job and too many responsibilities. He works when he needs the money, goes where the spirit moves him and stays put if he feels like it. "I have no the 29- year-old former Calganan cheerfully admits "I have stayed in a lot of those he says, referr- ing to hostels, "and they're very necessary For the peo- ple who are on the move and i'ave no ties with a formal family, the fellows you meet in a hostel or flop house provide a kind of com- panionship, like family warmth." Mr Allen speaks matter of factly of the times when he's been without a nickle and has spent nights sleeping in ditches "I have had to approach agencies for he says, "and believe me, you appreciate- even the places that have strict rules when you've no place to go Mr Allen maintains that if transients are able to go to a hostel where they can rest, have a square meal and clean up, their mental attitude will improve and they'll be more likely to look for work and support themselves "If you've spent the night on a park bench, you don't feel much like looking for a job. And the way you look after that sort of thing, who's gonna hire you7" ANNOUNCEMENT THOMAS J.T. (Tim) SPANOS B.A. (physics) U of L, M Sc (Physics) U of A. attained his Master's Degree m November, 1974, and is presently working toward his PH D in Physics at the University of Alberta in Edmonton Tim is the son of Mr. Thomas Spanos Q.C and Mrs. Margaret Spanos of Lethbridge, Alberta. Lethbridge Community va College r place SCHOOL OF AGRICULTURE Vocational Agriculture Agricultural Mechanics Commercial Cooking Chef Training Meat Technician SCHOOL OF APPLIED ARTS AND SCIENCES Communication Arts Jouralism Radio Arts Law Enforcement Outdoor Recreation and Con- servation Education Conservation Enforcement Community and Youth Leadership SCHOOL OF BUSINESS Business I Business II Secretarial Program Medical, Legal, Executive Secretary Physical Education Renewable Resources Management Recreational Lands Management General Recreation College and University Prepar- atory University Transfer Secretarial Program Accounting, Data Process- ing, General (Clerk SCHOOL OF HEALTH SERVICES Nursing (Diploma and RN) SCHOOL OF TECHNOLOGY AND TRADES Drafting Technician and Technology Electronic Technician and Technology Automotives Welding Welcome to a career. Call 327-2141 and ask for Career Information REGISTRATION FOR WINTER SEMESTER FRIDAY, JANUARY ;