Unitarian Shelter

April 14th, 2017

The Unitarian Shelter is now closed for the season.

The Unitarian Shelter officially closed for the season April 14th, 2017. Normally in operation from November 31st through March 31st from 7 pm to 7 am, this year the Shelter was able to extend its hours to 6pm through 7 am in March and to add two additional weeks of service due to generous donations and fiscal responsibility. Occupancy was at 101% during the worst part of winter and 97% as the severest weather began to abate.

Pending funding the Shelter will reopen November 1st 2017.

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Thank you!

Our Shelter for the Homeless

Beginning in 2008, men and women in our community without fixed lodging have found shelter in the lower level of our fellowship building. Thanks to funding from governments at all levels and individual donors in the community, the Shelter has been open every winter since from the beginning of November until the end of March.

Our Shelter is available to adults needing short term housing from November 1st through March 31st. We have 24 beds available on a nightly basis, and also offer a hot evening meal, breakfast in the morning, washers and dryers, clothing and sundries. Our professional staff operate the shelter, and volunteers also provide assistance and companionship. Shelter staff are also happy to make referrals to other agencies and help facilitate appointments if the guest so desires this help.

It is a safe environment off the streets where individuals can expect to be treated with inclusivity, fairness and respect. We are also the only Nanaimo Shelter that is able to accommodate pets.

  • Located at 595 Townsite Road, the entrance is at the back of building under the red awning.
  • During the winter season, doors open at 7 pm and it is suggested that guests arrive before 8 pm to ensure a bed. Note, this year we received a generous donation allowing us to open one hour earlier.

For more information contact the Shelter at 250 754-3720.

Shelter Coordinator: Kevan Griffith

250 754-3720, email kevan.s.griffith@gmail.com

 Executive Director: Lois Peterson


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We provide shelter for homeless people when winter comes to Nanaimo. (Photo by Russ McNeil)

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