Organizers of Cranbrook’s emergency winter shelter say new hours will keep the homeless out of the cold longer.
The Salvation Army’s Major Kirk Green says new funds from BC Housing mean the shelter will now be open 9 pm – 9 am, two hours longer than previous years.
Green says the extra two hours a day meshes well with other services.
“We open at 9 pm at night, because Street Angels is open until 9 pm, so we didn’t see any sense in reinventing the wheel,” Green says. “Shelter guests will not have to leave the building until 9 am the next morning, which is really great because we open at 9 am with our soup kitchen.”
He says the change leaves only an hour and a half each day Cranbrook’s less fortunate will have to fend for themselves with the elements.
“People don’t have to be out in the cold. They can come in, they are safe, they are warm, they can get fed, go to bed early if they want,” Green says. “They can have a shower, do their laundry, connect with our support worker, its just a great benefit.”
Green says their facility is well stocked and ready for the winter season.
He adds the Salvation Army continues to work toward establishing a permanent shelter in the Key City.
– Major Kirk Green, Salvation Army