Coming in out of the cold

Extreme weather shelter beds available this week at Haven in the Hollow

Ria Dunnewold

Cold weather shelter beds are expected to be available every day this week as temperatures dip below the freezing mark.

The program gives the homeless a chance to come out of the cold, said Monika Pilgrim, a frontline worker at Haven in the Hollow where the emergency beds are located.

Clients can come into the shelter beginning at 8:30 p.m. They are served breakfast the next day and are required to leave at 8:30 a.m.

There are 15 beds available at the Logan Avenue shelter, but only half of them were filled last month when extreme cold set in for the first time this season. Men and women sleep in separate dorms.

We’re the only cold weather emergency shelter in Mission, designated by BC Housing, said Sanjay Gulati, executive director for Mission Community Services Society which runs the program.

“It’s a fantastic program … to help people who are distraught by weather,” said Gulati. “The staff are there to always help and support clients.”

At this time of year, donations of socks, underwear and other warm clothing items, like scarves, can be donated to the shelter. Because of the lack of space to store other clothing donations, the non-profit group works with local thrift stores, like the Salvation Army and MCC, to provide an emergency set of clothing to those in need.

Gulati also notes the food centre, which the Christmas Bureau operates out of, is located behind the shelter and non-perishable food donations can be brought there.

“Technically, through the shelter program, we are only funded to provide one meal, but with donations, we can provide more,” added Gulati.

The weather forecast calls for mostly clear skies this week with daily highs hovering around zero degrees celsius, and nightly lows around minus-five degrees and even colder this weekend.

Just Posted

Rockslide closes Coquihalla northbound

Highway 5 could be closed overnight in the northbound lanes

UPDATE: Wind warning has ended for Metro Vancouver

More than 34,000 BC Hydro customers in the dark on Sunday morning in the Lower Mainland and Sunshine Coast

Downtown Mission: Ready to revitalize

With the bidding process underway, construction could start by mid-March

Guilty plea issued in case where man, 86, was assaulted and robbed

Hughie Stump pleads guilty to break-and-enter in relation to Abbotsford incident

WIND WARNING: Metro Vancouver expecting 100 km/h gusts Saturday night

Environment Canada issues warns of possibly dangerous conditions

REPLAY: B.C. this week in video

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

Philadelphia Eagles headed to Super Bowl

After routing the Minnesota Vikings 38-7, they will face Tom Brady and the New England Patriots

Heavy snowfall closes Mount Washington on Vancouver Island

Road to ski resort deemed unsafe, vehicles buried under more than three feet of snow

VIDEO: Dramatic video shows return of rescued B.C. snowboarders

Two snowboarders were rescued near Rossland, B.C. on Sunday after being lost overnight.

Tom Brady leads Patriots back to Super Bowl, top Jaguars 24-20

New England to face winner of Sunday night’s game between Minnesota and Philadelphia on Feb. 4

Coquihalla drivers prepare for snow

Wintry conditions persist, with snow warnings for Coquihalla

Liberals quietly tap experts to write new paternity leave rules

Ideas include creating an entirely new leave benefit similar to one that exists in Quebec

Insurers say Canadian weather getting hotter, wetter and weirder

Average number of days with heavy rain or snow across Canada has been outside norm since spring 2013

Final phase of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy trials to kick off in B.C.

Doctors hope to get psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy legalized in Canada and the U.S. by 2021

Most Read