24-bed cold weather shelter set to open in Nanaimo | NanaimoNewsNOW

Doors open around 9:00 p.m. every evening and close at 7:00 a.m. Late dinner and breakfast are also available for overnight guests.

It will remain open until April 1st, 2022.

Hollins said the shelter’s simple goal is to provide people with a safe, warm place to stay during the darker, colder, and wetter months.

“There will be staff present to provide resources to residents who need certain things,” said Hollins. “We’re going to make recommendations and make sure people know where to go to meet their needs.”

The Nanaimo Family Life Association was hoping to open the shelter sooner but needed time to find a partner in the John Howard Society, work out budgets and other considerations.

The shelter is funded by BC Housing.

This year’s facility in St. Peters will open a week later than 2020. The same 24 beds were in place last winter to allow the residents an appropriate distance.

The St. Petri Church previously had up to 35 beds.

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