February 01, 2016 - 1:00 PM
KELOWNA – A homeless shelter in downtown Kelowna has expanded the number of beds and other services available to those members of our community who are in need.
Inn From The Cold started the winter season with 35 beds on Nov. 1. Three months later they have added another five beds and expanded their drop-in hours from three to four days a week, according to a media release from the charity.
“Thanks to a generous donation, we have been able to install a washer and dryer at Chandler office,” executive director Jan Schulz says in the release. “Our drop-in and shelter guests are now able to launder their clothing. Not only does this help reuse and cut down on garbage and waste, but it is very empowering for them and for their sense of self-worth.”
The Chandler office offers permanent housing to those most at risk of becoming homeless.
“Even this small gesture helps that many more members of our community have a warm bed to sleep in at night," Schulz says.
In From The Cold board president Mark Dixon says as a volunteer-based charity, contributions from the community are what keeps their doors open.
"Our staff and volunteers have been exceptional this year,” Dixon says. “The greatest strengths of our organization are the people who support us. Without them, we would not be able to provide shelter, housing, or support programs to these vulnerable members in our community.”
Anyone who wants more information about volunteering or donating should visit the Inn From The Cold website or call 250-448-6403.
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