Emergency shelter program in St. Catharines opens for the season

Now that we are officially into November, the Out of the Cold program in St. Catharines has begun.

It has been a tumultuous few months for the program as they searched for places to host the emergency shelter seven days a week.

Committee Chair Susan Venditti says they have thankfully found the necessary locations, but this year will be a little different.

"We'll open for meals tonight at St. Alfred's Church at 6 p.m. The model is changing a bit because the sleeping will be at another location. So at 8 p.m. tonight we'll open at Robertson Hall, the Folk Arts, and we'll have a rotation every night of the week."

Venditti says the need grew by 108% for sleeping last year.

The program runs until April 16th.