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Wolf Pack volunteer group patrols Montreal's streets to protect the most vulnerable

From CTV - April 16, 2018

When night falls in Montreal, a group of volunteers called the Wolf Pack Street Patrolhits thestreets of Montreals downtown core armed with suppliesfrom blankets to clothing to a compassionate earfor the citys homeless population.

The initiative was started earlier this year by Alan Harrington, a First Nationman and outreach worker, who says that his own experiences with drug and alcohol addiction and homelessness in Thunder Bay, Ont., make him uniquely suited to understanding the challenges that homeless people face at night.

Its been a really good journey of rediscovering myself as a First Nation man and learning my culture and helping others, too, he said in an interview with CTVs Your Morningon Monday.

The Wolf Pack, which patrols the streets three nights a week, is looking to fill a gap that is needed in efforts to tackle homelessness in Montreal, Harrington said. It often works in tandem with other organizations looking out for those on the margins, including Montreals police force. One challenge is that some shelters do not admit homeless people if they suffer from substance abuse.

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