The EWR shelter at Tenth is now closed for the season. The next opportunity to serve in this ministry will be in November 2020.
We believe being "with God and for others" involves a commitment to hospitality and generosity, especially for those in need, because we believe that God has first shown this to us. In Scripture, God's intention for the caring of the outcast, needy, and stranger are borne out of His own love, welcome, and generosity toward His people (e.g. Exodus 19:34-37) - who are ultimately made into God's family through Christ (e.g. 2 Corinthians 8:9).
We are honoured to partner with The Lookout Housing and Health Society as we open our doors to serve as a site for BC Housing’s Extreme Weather Response (EWR) Program this winter. The EWR program supports community-based services that provide temporary emergency shelter spaces during periods of extreme winter weather which threaten the health and safety of individuals experiencing homelessness. From November 1 to March 31, the EWR shelter at Tenth Church will operate Monday night to Saturday mornings, when an alert for extreme weather is activated. This site will be closed on Saturday night to Monday morning. With almost 50 years of experience in providing emergency shelter services and long-term housing solutions, Lookout Housing and Health Society will lend their expertise in operating EWR shelter services at Tenth.
The EWR program is designed to provide time-limited, temporary shelter spaces in communities when there are not enough beds in emergency shelters during the cold and wet winter months. In the event of extreme weather, the Homelessness Services Association of BC (HSABC) will activate an alert to temporarily increases emergency shelter capacity for families and individuals experiencing homelessness.
Extreme Weather Alert Activation Criteria includes:
• Sleet/freezing rain or sustained high winds
• Snow accumulation
• Temperatures at or below 0°C, or "feels like" 0°C with wind chill
• Rainfall of at least 50mm in a 24-hour period
Join us here at Tenth as we open our doors to our neighbours and provide a space of rest to people who are experiencing homelessness.
Learn more about how the EWR has evolved and its design to provide temporary shelter during periods of extreme weather. Read about the Homeless Services Association of BC and their continued efforts to bring "an end to homelessness by working collectively to connect those experiencing homelessness with appropriate housing and supports."
Consider supporting the essential services provided by the EWR by giving financially and selecting the drop-down option “EWR.” We also welcome the following donations:
Donations can be dropped off at the church office Monday-Friday 9am-5pm or on Sunday mornings at the welcome desk. Kindly label your donations “FOR EWR.”
Together with a friend, or with your Life Group, help to prepare a simple breakfast for guests who have spent the night. Volunteers sign up to be available and on-call one week at a time. Once the EWR alert is activated, on-call volunteers will be notified and will plan to volunteer the following morning.
Volunteer shifts begin at 6am and conclude at 8am.
A list of items to pray for can be found here.