Unitarian Shelter


February 24, 2018
The shelter now has its own Facebook page where we’ll be posting updates, information and links to useful and interesting information about homelessness.
Check it out and please Follow to stay on top of what’s happening.

Jan 26, 2018
A new partnership between the City of Nanaimo and the Unitarian Shelter.
November 1, 2017

Serving our community for the tenth year.
Contact us:
Shelter Coordinator Kevan Griffith: 250-754-3720 | kevan.s.griffith@gmail.com
Executive Director Lois Peterson: 250-758-1601 | shelter@ufon.ca

We acknowledge the vital support of the following government funders:

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In December, with so many calls on everyone’s generosity, we were gratified to receive such great support from our community.
Along with a hearty shout out to our very generous Unitarian Fellowship members and our neighbours and friends who made individual cash donations, and to everyone who provided warm clothing, sundries and seasonal gifts for our guests, we offer a huge THANK YOU to

  • Residents of  buildings managed by Northern Properties Limited
    who selected The Unitarian Shelter as recipient of their charitable giving this year – presenting us with a cheque for $4,000.
  • Indie Entertainment, who dropped off Blessings Bags for our shelter guests.
  • Nanaimo Seniors’ Village residents who collected socks, gloves, hats and other items for shelter guests.
  • The Rotary Club of Nanaimo sponsored a Clothing Drive at which our friends and neighbours donated coats, jackets, pants, sweaters, sweatshirts and pants, socks, hats for shelter guests.
  • Motherload Transport partners and colleagues presented a very generous cash donation. 
  • Central Drugs at 2220 Bowen Road  supplied a quantity of vitamins for shelter guests. 
  • Protection Island Lions Club made a cash donation to support shelter activities and services.
  • The Unitarian Shelter was the grateful recipient of a $5,000 donation from the ‘Compassion in Action Transferable Fund‘ held by the Vancouver Foundation.

YOU can help, too!
Please select the Paypal button below, or contact us at shelter@ufon.ca.


The Unitarian Shelter

For the past nine years, men and women have found overnight respite from the streets, a hot meal, clean clothes and a non-judgemental welcome at the
Nanaimo Unitarian Shelter at 595 Townsite Road, Nanaimo, BC.

Open seven nights a week from 6pm to 7am November through March, the shelter is funded through the federal, provincial and municipal governments, and by generous cash and in kind donations from members of the First Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo and individuals, businesses and organizations in our community – and beyond.

YOU can help, too!
Please select the Paypal button below, or contact us at shelter@ufon.ca.


Shelter Coordinator: Kevan Griffith
250-754-3720 | kevan.s.griffith@gmail.com

Executive Director: Lois Peterson
250-758-1601 | shelter@ufon.ca

To make a donation to the Unitarian Shelter via Paypal
please click on the button below.


We are very grateful to individuals in our community – and beyond –
who support us through their individual cash and in-kind donations.

And for the support of the following businesses and organizations:

Canadian Tire – Nanaimo North   |   Coast Wholesale Appliances    |   Trees Dispensary
The Country Grocer   |   Gold and Silver Man  |  Marina’s Taverna     |     Midland Tools       Quality Foods – Bowen Rd |   Save-On Foods – Brooks Landing | Townsite Grocery
The Unitarian Church of Victoria |  Vancouver Island Student Union – Organization for Social Change | Home Depot

If YOU would like information about how you can help, please contact us.