Bathurst's emergency homeless shelter extends hours

Person walks through snow storm

Bathurst's emergency homeless shelter is now open 24/7.

That means clients will have a permanent place during the winter months and won't have to leave during the day.

Shelter director Melanie Frigault tells the Northern Light the new house mean clients can receive the support they need without having to be exposed to an environment that could be detrimental to their healing.

The federal government provided a grant to the shelter which resulted in the hiring of an Indigenous employee to work there during the day.

The funding is also included for Indigenous cultural sensitivity training.

The shelter's official grand opening is slated for February 13th.

(with files from the Northern Light)