Kelowna Gospel Mission open 24-7 to provide smoke relief for homeless
July 11, 2017 - 12:38 PM
KELOWNA - Those without a place to go to get out of the smoke can take advantage of an offer from the Kelowna Gospel Mission.
The wildfires burning in the Interior have created smokey conditions throughout the Okanagan and prompted a special weather advisory from Environment Canada. People without homes have no place to get out of the smoke.
Randy Benson with the Kelowna Gospel Mission says they will be keeping their doors open 24-7 for homeless people to escape the smoke.
"Over the last few days clients of the shelter have been complaining about difficulty breathing, headaches and eye irritation," Benson says in a media release.
Benson says the shelter staff feel it is "imperative to give people a safe place to say until the smoke clears up."
"We want to keep everyone safe while they are taking steps to find housing," he says.
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