Delta’s two extreme weather shelters will remain open for the foreseeable future due to the extreme cold and possibly more snow in the coming days.
The South Delta shelter, located at Ladner United Church (4960 48th Ave.) operates between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. The intake will be open until the site is full. Showers and laundry is available onsite. Light refreshments offered, bust tickets and gift cards provided.
Call 604-599-8900 for more details.
“With the colder temperatures, we will not be turning anyone away who need shelter, with adding extra beds or setting up chairs to keep everyone safe while keeping to the COVID-19 protocols,” said shelter coordinator Shirley Baker. “Once again, our community has been very supportive with many donations for our needs. With items dropped off at night or just before Christmas, so much so, that I can share extras with our new North Delta shelter at New Hope Church. We are so very thankful for each donation received, especially the secret Santa who dropped off extra coats with pockets full of selected items, the Cozy Tree donations from Saviour Lutheran Church of hand warmers, socks and underwear, the Anglican Church for donated take-out dinners for Christmas.
“We are so blessed with such a generous community in continuing to give at a time when most needed, whether through floods, fires, or extreme weather. We are also so thankful to have so many extra shelter sites open in all the regions. This has not been possible for almost two years.”
The newly opened shelter in North Delta is located at New Hope Church (11838 88th Ave). It operates between 9:30 p.m. and 7 a.m.
New Hope Church has partnered with Phoenix Society, the City of Delta and BC Housing to support Extreme Weather Response (EWR) programming in the North Delta area this winter.
The EWR shelter in North Delta has the capacity to serve 15 individuals per night.
Guests who receive shelter will be provided a hot meal at night and breakfast to go in the morning, along with fresh socks, toiletries and other essential items.
Call 604-970-4150 for more details.
Phoenix Society spokesperson Amy Reid said they are seeing an averaging of four to six individuals per night as word spreads about this new facility.
“These are truly life-saving operations during this cold snap, and we are grateful to be able to provide safe shelter for our unhoused neighbours during this extreme weather event,” said Reid.
Those wishing to donate can visit this page: https://donate-can.keela.co/extreme-weather-shelter.