Winter Weather Shelter

Unitarian Winter Weather Shelter

250 754-3720

Notice April 1, 2016

FUFON’s Winter Weather Shelter is now closed for the season. The Shelter was open every night from 7 pm through 7 am, from November 1st through to the end of March.  The Shelter will reopen November 1st pending funding.

  • Located at 595 Townsite Road, 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.

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 government at all levels and individual donors in the community, the shelter is open every winter 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.

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


Reverend Samaya Oakley, Developmental Minister First Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo.

250 591-0410, email

Shelter Coordinator:

Kevan Griffith

250 754-3720, email

Extreme Weather Shelter

Learn about  Extreme Weather Shelter Policy Manual at October 2014

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