Magazine article Anglican Journal

Shelter Program Still Growing: Churches Join Forces to Provide Food and Warmth

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Shelter Program Still Growing: Churches Join Forces to Provide Food and Warmth

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Anglicans and Roman Catholics in Kamloops, B.C., have banded together to provide shelter for homeless friends and neighbours at St. Paul's Anglican Cathedral in the city's downtown core.

Last winter, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society ran a successful Out of the Cold program. But the facility was so overtaxed that the society was forced to find another location, and was led to St. Paul's basement.

"We stepped up because it was brought to us, it was a need--we have the space and the cathedral committee and the community feels that this is a ministry we'd like to partner with," said Louise Peters, dean of the r Anglican Parishes of the Central Interior (formerly the diocese of Cariboo) and rector of the cathedral.

In this ecumenical ministry, the Anglican cathedral provides the space, some of the volunteers and some of the meals, while the St. Vincent de Paul Society manages overall delivery of the Out of the Cold program and handles all arrangements for feeding, housing and caring for the homeless. The program volunteers include a retired street nurse, who is the cathedral's liaison person.

Donors and supporters come from both faith communities. Doors open each Wednesday night from November through March and on other nights when temperatures fall below--10 C.

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"We've got to find some more volunteers," said Le Roy Wells of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. "It takes 18 people--from set-up before opening to tear-down and clean up in the morning--to operate at this site. …

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