Several sleeping rooms are clustered around a comfortable common area. Up to twenty beds can be made available, depending on the need. In Extreme Weather, we can accommodate up to 40 individuals in our Shelter. As well as a safe, clean and warm place to sleep, the shelter provides supper, breakfast, showers, and laundry. The maximum stay is five days, unless special arrangements are made. Many who stay in the shelter go on to take part in counselling services, support groups and training programs offered by The Salvation Army.
The local Salvation Army, in partnership with BC Housing, offers a model of support and advocacy while maintaining an Emergency Shelter. On staff are two case workers, an activities coordinator, a counselor, a psychiatric nurse and a parish nurse.
Immediate needs that can be met include: hot showers, meals, clothing and furniture needs, laundry facilities, 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 each individual. Everything from getting I.D.’s replaced to writing resumes, from getting people into treatment centres and getting them the counsel they need, to re-locating family members and housing the homeless – it’s all in a day’s work at The Salvation Army.
The program component includes such things as a library, a computer for client use, art classes, cooking classes, recreational activities, a gardening mentorship program, and field trips, while continuing to provide the programs already in place such as Supportive Independent Living program, counselling, and many others.
This safe environment where clients can remain throughout the day makes a significant difference in their lives and in our community.