Our Unitarian Shelter for the homeless will be open every night from 6 pm through 7 am, from November 1st through to the end of March pending funding.
Thanks to a generous financial contribution from the First Unitarian Church in Victoria, BC, we are able to open our shelter doors one hour earlier, i.e. we are open every night from 6:00pm through 7:00am. Thank you, First Unitarian Church in Victoria for your generosity and compassion.
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Our Interim Executive Director
Our very own member 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Interim Executive Director: Marla Thorburn