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Cold weather homeless shelters busy

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(image courtesy First Unitarian Church, Nanaimo)

Traffic has been steady at cold weather shelters for the homeless.

The 10 bed shelter at St. Hilda’s Church in Sechelt opened for the season about a month ago, and this will be the second fall and winter they’ve aimed to stay open even when there’s no extreme weather alert.

Shelter coordinator Brenda Wilkinson says you can help financially through Community Services, or by clothing donations to the Salvation Army Thrift Shop.

Wilkinson says they’re also hoping to hear from landlords with low cost units to rent, so they can help clients find permanent housing.

Kevan Griffith, the coordinator of Nanaimo’s cold weather shelter, says that’s a struggle for their clients, too.

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Giffith says the 24-bed shelter at the Unitarian Church on Townsite Road has been full almost every night.

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