Coastal British Columbia will remember the remarkable winter of 2017-2017 for a long time, as the region experienced a “classic Canadian winter” with an abundance of snow. Arctic air and frequent storms brought impactful snow even to typically mild locations like Vancouver Island.
The extreme weather meant higher utility bills to keep out the chill for most of the Ladysmith community, but for some, it meant a desperate search for shelter.
The Ladysmith Extreme Weather Response Program provides temporary, emergency shelter beds for people who are homeless during periods of weather that threaten the health and safety of homeless individuals and families. In Fall 2016/Winter 2017 the shelter opened for 114 nights and served 198 overnight guests.
Partially funded through BC Housing, the program runs from November 1st through March 31st each year.
A hot evening meal, access to a clean bed, sundries and a shower, laundry and the warm company of the staff and volunteers of Ladysmith Extreme Weather Shelter are essential services for our community. The Ladysmith Resources Centre operates Ladysmith’s low barrier cold/wet extreme weather shelter available to adults needing short-term housing. When declared open, we offer 5-10 beds available on a nightly basis.
Our professional staff members operate the shelter and provide assistance and companionship. Shelter staff are also happy to make referrals to other agencies if the guest so desires this help.
It is a safe environment off the streets where individuals can expect to be treated with inclusivity, fairness and respect.
For more information, to check if the Shelter is open, or to donate to this essential program, please contact the Resources Centre at 250-245-3079 or use our online form. To register for adopting a night, download the registration form here.