Unitarian Shelter

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May 30, 2020

Our shelter hours, programs and services are listed on 

…. helping service providers and individuals
find the services they need in their community.
Check out their website or download the app at
https://helpseeker.org


May 30, 2020

The Shower Program at Caledonia Park
has been expanded its hours.

Thanks to increased funding from the City of Nanaimo
and support from BC Housing


Monday, April 6, 2020

We welcome
Isha Matous-Gibbs

as the new Executive Director
of the Nanaimo Unitarian Shelter.
Isha can be reached at shelter@ufon.ca.


Sunday, March 15 2020

In our efforts to keep our guests and staff safe
we are closed to visitors, volunteers, contractors and suppliers.
Only guests and staff will be allowed on site until further notice.
If you have business at the shelter, please contact

Shelter Coordinator Kevan Griffith at 250-754-3720
or our Executive Director at shelter@ufon.ca.

Stay well, and take care of your family, friends and our community.


The Nanaimo Unitarian Shelter
For the past eleven years providing compassionate respite from the streets, companionship, socialization, and information to shelter guests.
Our shelter at 595 Townsite Road WELCOMES GUESTS THROUGH THE YEAR
(continuously until March 31, 2021)
seven nights a week from 5:00pm to 7:30am.
CONTACT US:
Shelter direct line: 250-754-3720
(for information about availability of beds and other services)
Shelter Coordinator Kevan Griffith: 250-754-3720 | kevan.s.griffith@gmail.com
Outreach Worker Carole van Herwaarden: shelteroutreach@ufon.ca
Executive Director Isha Matous-Gibbs: shelter@ufon.ca

We’re very grateful for funding provided by
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February 2, 2020

We are most grateful to the Mid Island Co-Op for providing gas cards to support transportation costs for our new Outreach Program.

THANK YOU
to Co-op members whose involvement
helps strengthen the community, and organizations like ours.


We are also very grateful to the
Mid-island Tai Chi Club for their December donation.


January 6, 2020

We’re thrilled to welcome to our new Pilot Outreach Program
Carole van Herwaarden as Outreach Worker. Working 24 hours a week,
Carole will use her extensive experience in the community to help Unitarian Shelter guests and other people without homes access supports and services to improve their lives.
Carole can be reached by email at shelteroutreach@ufon.ca.
Many thanks to the NANAIMO FOUNDATION
for providing seed money for this new program.


December 9, 2019
We’re so grateful for the efforts and commitment of
Nanaimo Youth 20/20 Can 
who hosted a coat drive this weekend that generated lots of warm clothing for shelter guests and others in our community.
THANK YOU ALL!

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November 27, 2019
A huge vote of THANKS
to members of the Nanaimo Branch
of the Canadian Federation of University Women

for their very generous donations of clothing and toiletries for shelter guests
and those using the shower program at Caledonia Park.

The Nanaimo Unitarian Shelter is proud to be a member of the

“Uniting the organizations, citizens and governments
that support our most vulnerable residents.”

Thanks to funding from BC Housing and the City of Nanaimo.

June 27, 2019
We are most grateful to the
for providing funding that allows us to maintain extended hours until March 31, 2020.

Check our Facebook Page for updates.

We continue to operate the free shower program
on behalf of the City of Nanaimo.

Many thanks to all our funders, donors and supporters.

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Since 2008 men and women have found overnight respite from the streets, a hot meal, clean clothes and a non-judgemental welcome for from November 1 to March 31 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.

Contact us:
Shelter Coordinator Kevan Griffith:
 250-754-3720 | kevan.s.griffith@gmail.com
Executive Director Isha Matous-Gibbs: shelter@ufon.ca
Outreach Worker Carole van Herwaarden: shelteroutreach@ufon.ca


If you’d like to support our efforts working with the homeless of our community
contact us for information on making a cash donation, or providing clothing or other materials and supplies to help ensure our guests are warm and comfortable
in their time with us.

THANK YOU

 

Supporting the Humpback Whales

 Jackie Hildering, of MERS (Marine Education & Research Society) gave an absolutely magnificent presentation in April titled Humpback Comeback. She has volunteered to return to speak on another subject of whales.  Below is their post on the MERS FB-page.

Unitarian Shelter in the News

As the snow is falling outside again today on January 10th in Nanaimo, lit is comforting to know that 25 of Nanaimo’s homeless people will have a warm bed and a meal for the night at the Unitarian Shelter.  It is also comforting to know that this service is appreciated by the Nanaimo community as a couple of recent articles in the Nanaimo News Bulletin testify.

http://www.nanaimobulletin.com/news/407155326.html

http://www.nanaimobulletin.com/news/403883916.html

Unitarian Shelter News

Our very own Marla Thorburn, newly appointed Unitarian Shelter Interim Executive Director, and Shelter Coordinator Kevan Griffith recently appeared before the Nanaimo City Council to apply for urgently needed funding for the continued operation of our shelter in the coming winter.  Please watch the city council proceedings (start at count 2:20) http://www.nanaimo.ca/meetings/VideoPlayer/Index/SOC161024V?start=8461

Theme Based Ministry

Welcome to Theme Based ministry!  

We are happy to continue this popular feature in our fellowship life!

Theme based ministry is a way of deepening our experience together in our services, small group reflection circles, readings, resources, and spiritual practices. 

This year our thematic ministry moves on from examining the inner aspects of how we live our lives, into how we, as a people, can begin to effect change in the world. Our theme shifts into the theme of “what does it mean to be a people of …

September:    Anticipation

October:         Faith

November:     Inquiry

December:     Vulnerability

January:         Possibility

February:       Passion

March:           Prophecy

April:              Yearning

May:               Imagination

June:              Inspiration