You can help by donating financially or by giving some practical items. See the "Give" section below for details!
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. 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 increase 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-Thursday 10am-4pm. Kindly label your donations “FOR EWR.”
A list of items to pray for can be found here.