A temporary daytime heating center has been opened in southern Surrey.
Until January 3, the doors to Peninsula United Church (15639 24 Ave.) will be open from 6 p.m. 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. for those seeking shelter from the extreme cold that fell on the lower mainland and Fraser Valley last weekend.
According to Kathy Booth – who helps coordinate volunteers for the Extreme Weather Shelter, which operates at Mount Olive Lutheran Church – the temporary location was made possible thanks to staff provided by the Engaged Communities Canada Society (ECC).
Peninsula United made the decision to give the space after City of White Rock officials decided last week that the timeline was too tight for the city to establish a warm-up center for the expected cold spell, Booth said.
Booth said ECC personnel, using a van provided by UNITI, will transport guests from the Mount Olive shelter (2350 148 St.) to the Peninsula United at 6 p.m. 7.00 and return them to extreme weather at. 22.00, until the evening of 3 January.
“ECC responded very quickly to the request over Christmas and had staff and food ready by December 27,” Booth said. Peace Arch News via e-mail.
“This is truly a caring community where so many volunteers and organizations come together to help those in need both at Mt. Olive this year and at Peninsula United.”
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