Unitarian Shelter


November 1, 2017

Serving our community for the tenth year.

We acknowledge the vital support of the following government funders:

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At this time of year, with so many calls on everyone’s generosity, we’re gratified to receive such great support from our community.

Dec. 11, 2017

Club members and volunteers help sort donations received in Saturday’s Rotary Club of Nanaimo‘s Clothing Drive. Thanks to everyone who dropped by to donate coats, jackets, pants, sweaters, sweatshirts and pants, socks, hats… and to the Rotary Club for sponsoring the event, helping the homeless of Nanaimo survive the long winter.

Dec 8, 2017
Erin Tallieu, Motherload Transport Managing Partner (centre, in red), fellow partners and colleagues present a very generous donation to the Unitarian Shelter’s Coordinator Kevan Griffith (far right). Thank you all!

Dec 8, 2017Central Drugs at 2220 Bowen Road very generously supplied a quantity of vitamins for shelter guests. Here, Central Drugs partner Jordan Mark chats with
Shelter Coordinator Kevan.

Dec 3, 2017
We are most grateful to the Protection Island Lions Club
for their recent donation.

Oct 2017
The Unitarian Shelter is the grateful recipient of a recent
$5,000 donation from the ‘Compassion in Action Transferable Fund
held by the Vancouver Foundation.

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.

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.



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