Emergency Shelter

The Shelter within The Centre of Hope on Gladys Avenue has rooms for both men and women which are conveniently situated around a comfortable, common area. Up to twenty six beds are available each night of the year.   In *Extreme Weather, we can accommodate an additional 20 – 30 individuals.

In addition to being a safe, clean and warm place to sleep, the Shelter provides a nutritious supper, breakfast, showers, and laundry facilities. In an effort to facilitate ease of the registration process, we provide client intake 24 hours a day, and seven days a week.

The local Salvation Army, in partnership with BC Housing, offers a model of support and advocacy while maintaining an Emergency Shelter. On staff are the Shelter Supervisor, Shelter staff, two Case Workers, an Activities Coordinator, a Psychiatric Nurse, and an LPN.

Immediate needs that can be met include: hot showers, meals, clothing and furniture needs, laundry facilities, secure storage of belongings, medical attention and referral if necessary.

Case Workers and Outreach Workers are on hand to provide advocacy and support, and establish personal development plans tailored to the needs of each individual. Everything from getting I.D.’s replaced, to writing resumes, from securing a bed in a treatment centre or a referral to the counsel they need, to re-locating or re- connecting with family members, and finding accommodations to house the homeless.

Length of stay is contingent upon each individual’s needs in regard to substance abuse, mental and physical health, employment, and a willingness to actively participate with staff members in establishing and following through on a personal development plan. Our attentive staff members have intentional conversations with our guests in this regard and connect or refer clients to the appropriate support services that exist within our building, or our community.

Though not mandated, spiritual care is provided in discussion groups or one-on-one conversation.

Opportunities to pray with our Chaplain or staff are made available for any Shelter guests who may be interested.

This safe environment where clients can remain throughout the day makes a significant difference in their lives and in our community.

*Extreme Weather: The Extreme Weather Response (EWR) program funds community based services to provide temporary emergency shelter services during periods of extreme winter which threaten the health and safety of homeless individuals. This program is designed to provide time-limited, weather responsive, temporary shelter spaces in communities where there is not sufficient emergency shelter bed capacity during extreme weather conditions.

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