Homeless in Kenora will have a warm place to stay, as the new shelter at Knox United gets underway. The district services board and the NeChee Friendship Centre say they're working with the church, in an effort to ensure a safe place in the Arctic cold. The hall at Knox is set to open as the new emergency shelter on Friday.
Initially, in a joint release, staff at the services board and the friendship centre say the shelter will operate from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. to accommodate the remaining renovations that are needed. The service hub will begin operating 24/7 by March 1, allowing time for staff and the community partner’s adequate time to adjust to the new building.
In addition, the KDSB and the Kenora Fellowship Centre will extend their service agreement that supports the Fellowship Centre in the temporary increase of resources to expand its current meal programming. The Kenora Fellowship Centre will continue to operate at this capacity until the new service hub is running 24/7.
The emergency shelter moved from the Fellowship Centre on Water Street to the health unit in the old Mount Carmel School on a temporary basis. A more permanent home was found at Knox United, who signed a 20-year agreement with NeChee and the services board last year.
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