February 27, 2015 - 3:39 PM
KELOWNA – Inn from the Cold will not have to close early, thanks to a funding boost from the province.
The temporary winter shelter recently announced it would be closing due to a lack of operating funds. On Friday the provincial government stepped up with a one-time funding of $22,000, which will allow the shelter to continue providing 35 beds, warm meals, and shower facilities for those in need.
"These 35 beds provide safe protection from the elements, and a helping hand to those in need in our community,” says MLA for Kelowna-Lake Country Norm Letnick. “The staff at Inn from the Cold also provide other helpful services that make a real difference in people's lives."
The province also funds 60 shelter beds at the Kelowna Gospel Mission and another 20 beds at the Alexandra Gardner Women and Children Safe Centre.
"The Province recognizes the needs of the homeless in Kelowna and this additional funding will enable Inn from the Cold to provide safe, warm accommodation and help their clients connect to community resources and permanent housing,” says Steve Thomson, MLA for Kelowna-Mission.
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— This story was corrected at 1:57 p.m., Sunday, March 1, 2015 to replace the photo which showed the Inn From the Cold in Calgary.
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