When BC Housing and OHEARTS got in touch a few days before Christmas asking us to host an extreme cold weather shelter for the Oceanside area, we immediately accepted. With ice, snow and plunging night temperatures forecasted for the coming weeks, we were more than happy to step in and help the most vulnerable in the community get out of the cold each night. Within days we were up and running with donations and volunteers coming in to cover the costs and help cook meals, prepare sleeping cots and pack day packs for the homeless who came. Not surprisingly, we were maxxed out for several nights so great was the need in our area.
It was incredible to see the church come together and live out their calling to help those in need and we are so grateful for the support of many and the trust that was placed in us to pull this off! We look forward to providing this essential service again in future winters.
[Currently, the shelter has moved to Knox United for the next week until the extreme cold weather passes. To support their efforts in hosting it, please contact them directly!]