News

Burnaby extreme weather homeless shelter opens

The arrival of cold weather has meant the opening for the third time this winter of Burnaby's extreme weather shelter.

The shelter opened its doors at its new location at the Westminster Bible Chapel, 7540 Sixth St., on Dec. 30 to Jan. 1 as overnight temperatures dipped below freezing. It operates from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. to give the homeless a warm, dry place to sleep as well as a meal.

The shelter, which is run by the Burnaby Task Force on Homelessness and the Lookout Emergency Aid Society, moved to Sixth Street two years ago from its former location at St. Francis de Sales church near Sperling and Kingsway.

Last year's mild winter meant it was only used by six or seven people on the 23 nights it opened. But Dave Brown of the Lookout Society said he expects the shelter to be busier this year, especially as people become more aware of its new location. It's been open eight nights so far this season.

Notices of the shelter's opening are provided to social service agencies, local libraries and community centers.

The shelter is staffed mostly by volunteers, who are always on the lookout for more help as well as donations of non-perishable pre-packaged food and warm clothing.

To volunteer, call Kevan Oxley, 604-515-2728. To donate food or clothing, contact Dave Brown, 778-288-8887.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Fraser facing fines for delayed surgeries
 
Judge tosses contempt charges against oil pipeline protesters due to GPS errors
 
NDP demands audit of Multi-Material BC
Burnaby will seek compensation for protest policing costs: Mayor
 
Surgical waits average five months in B.C.
 
Seven seniors flu clinics reinstated
Pipeline protest in Burnaby being felt all the way to Chilliwack
 
New Westminster Mayor Wayne Wright rides off into the sunset
 
School district to add staff

Community Events, November 2014

Add an Event


Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Nov 28 edition online now. Browse the archives.