After packing the survival kits, the next logical step was to come up with a plan of attack. The most obvious course of action seemed to be to make contact with local churches, soup kitchens, shelters and people on the street. Through a combination of phone calls and face-to-face meetings; we managed to collect a fair amount of information regarding the number of meals served per day, month and year at Moncton’s soup kitchens. The numbers for the year were staggering, over 125,000 meals were served in 2012 alone. Although last years numbers weren’t accessible at the time of this article, we suspect the numbers may have risen since 2012.
As important as the numbers were, locating the people who have been truly marginalized held precedence over everything. To that end we decided to make contact with friends and strangers alike, asking if they had seen or knew of anywhere a person down on their luck may be, or has been sleeping. With a few good leads in our pockets, over the next week and a half we drove around scouting the suggested spots during daylight hours. We found one of particular interest, a concrete bunker of sorts. It had obviously been used and was in a bit of disrepair. The day we found it, the temperature was in the vicinity of 28 below. Thankfully (the assumption was that whoever normally used it had found a warmer spot), nobody was occupying it. You can view the video of the “bunker” below.