The frigid temperatures we are facing right now is having an impact on Seasons House, Quesnel’s homeless shelter.
Gina Moore, the Shelter Coordinator, says they are running well over capacity.
She says they have 10 emergency shelter beds that are always full ..
“And then what happens is we have anywhere from 20 to 30 people on the floor in the common area when you first enter into the shelter. Some get a mat, we have five mats. Once those mats are full we see people sleeping in chairs or on wooden benches.”
Moore says many are using their coats for blankets and shoes for pillows as they simply don’t have the resources that are needed.
And it’s not just those without a home that need help as Moore says people are being forced to walk to Seasons House because they don’t have any food in their home.
She says they serve anywhere from 50 to 90 people every night at dinner.
As for how people can help out, Moore says they can donate food, any winter wear clothing, blankets, towels or personal hygiene items.
She says they go out as fast as they come in.