Downtown Fredericton Church needs volunteers


Saint Paul's United Church in Downtown Fredericton needs more volunteers to help keep its overnight warming center for the homeless open.

The Daily Gleaner reports the Church on York Street has been trying to keep the warming center open from 9:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. daily, but has sometimes needed to turn people away due to a lack of volunteers.

Reverend Richard Bowley told the paper the warming center won't operate unless there are two or more volunteers prepared to put in a 10-hour shift at the same time, for safety reasons.

To spark interest and to dispel the notion that working with the homeless is dangerous, the church is hosting an orientation session next week for people who want to learn how they can become a volunteer.

The paper says volunteers are encouraged to call authorities if they feel threatened.

Rev. Bowley says that hasn't had to happen in more than two years.

The orientation session is scheduled for March 12 at 7:00 p.m. at 224 York Street.

(With files from the Daily Gleaner)