Warming Centre

WARMING CENTRE PROJECT:Warming-Center

Located at 7500 Donaldson Drive in Grand Forks, BC

7500 Donaldson Dr

Whispers of Hope supports a yearround shelter in our community.

When approached in December, in desperation, to offer administrative oversight for the Warming Centre, we knew it was a matter of life and death for some people, and were proud to oblige. With insight from many stakeholders and professionals over the years, we know that providing these services keeps people safe, especially during extreme weather, and also reduces camping and loitering in the downtown core.

While we agree that more local support services are needed, we encourage the community to build upon and improve current services, rather than eliminate them. In time, we hope to see an organization more directly associated with housing initiatives take on and continue this project.

The New Board voted unanimously on Wednesday May 22nd 2019; we have decided to continue our administrative oversight until an appropriate organization can be found. 

Harm Reduction:

Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use. Harm Reduction is also a movement for social justice built on a belief in, and respect for, the rights of people who use drugs.

We work closely with organizations that offer these services, providing additional outreach space, to ensure our guests are safe and have access to as much information and resources as possible.

Boundary Mental Health and Substance Use – provides many services including adult community support, adult short-term assessment and treatment, community residential programs, geriatric programs, crisis intervention, day and outpatient programs, addictions counselling, concurrent disorders services, group therapy, peer support, and after-hours mental health support.

AIDS Network Kootenay Outreach and Support Society (ANKORS) –  provides a multitude of services, with offices in Nelson and Cranbrook BC as well as rural outreach and education throughout the Kootenay region. ANKORS programs are based on the belief that services are provided in a non-judgmental manner without prejudice that ensures individuals’ right to anonymity and confidential access. We serve those living with and at the greatest risk of acquiring HIV / AIDS and/or HCV, who have difficulty obtaining services elsewhere, especially due to substance use, mental illness, sexual orientation, gender identity, race and ethnicity, and/or other social barriers. ANKORS was established in 1992 as a non-profit society

Rural Empowere Drug Users Network (REDUN) – helping create an environment that supports dignity, health, human rights and respect for former and current drug users and the community at large.

Healing our Spirits – Circle of Indigenous Nations Society (COINS) – provide support and services to ages 15 to Elder; outreach  services that supports individuals in their own community; one-to-one support as well group support  in a cultural setting; support and connections to other local cultural gatherings; support for individuals accessing other community resources, and cultural support for case/treatment planning.

Governance:

All funding for this project comes from BC Housing 

Document:   Safe Stay Warming Centre – Policies & Procedures

 

Whispers of Hope – Chain of Command:

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