Emergency shelter opens in Niagara Falls
A newly opened emergency shelter in Niagara Falls is already seeing a need for their services.
The Out of the Cold program has officially started up in Niagara Falls at St. Andrew's United Church on Morrison Street; last night 12 of the 15 beds were occupied.
While speaking to CKTB's Matt Holmes this morning, Executive Director of Project Share Diane Corkum clears up a little miscommunication about who can use the shelter.
"St. Andrew's people were talking about a men's shelter and I was talking about both sexes. And AJ Heafey, who's helping us a lot from the Niagara Falls Community Help Centre, he wanted it to be women as well. And so we compromised - we're a men's shelter that allows women."
The first resident for the shelter was a woman.
Corkum says people are also coming through the door hungry, and although the shelter offers snacks at this point they don't have the facilities available to prepare a meal.
"People may be expecting a meal, and that's unfortunate. St. Andrews has a dinner on Wednesday nights at 5 p.m. So people will be allowed to stay from after the dinner to the Out of the Cold - and on Friday night the Salvation Army Mobile Outreach Truck comes around with coffee and sandwiches."
Larry talks to Jay Johnson Associate Professor at the University of Manitoba
Nov. 21 at St. Catharines Public Library