Interim shelter to be housed at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Kitchener

The Waterloo area says a temporary shelter for the homeless will be established at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Kitchener this winter.

The new shelter, which opened on Sunday in a multi-purpose area of ​​the church, can accommodate up to 50 people.

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It was created through a partnership between St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, the Working Center, and the region.

“This is an important project that will provide evening housing seven days a week that combines staff and community volunteers,” said Working Center Director Joe Mancini.

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“This cooperation model will expand the accommodation options in the cold winter nights.”

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The new facility will be staffed by the work center staff, with volunteers helping with food service, cleaning up and sorting donations.

The Church has issued a call for fully vaccinated volunteers. Everyone who wants to help is asked to send an email [email protected].

They’re also attractive for warm winter clothing and blankets, with pick-up and drop-off arranged using the same email address.

The region says the new shelter is an intermediate step in dealing with the recent increase in long-term homelessness in the region.

According to the region, the number of uninhabited people in the region has increased over the past three years from 333 in 2018 to 1,085 in September 2021.

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