REPORTING · 5th February 2014
With the rolling in of the cold evenings since Thursday, January 30th, Kitimat has enacted it’s cold weather plan and opened the cold weather shelter in the former Council Chambers at the Public Safety Building. It has so far been successful, with three people staying in the shelter, three Friday, and one person Saturday and Sunday.
“They came in, we took a bit of their information, gave them a place to sleep,” said Deputy CAO Warren Waycheshen.
They were supposed to open on Monday February third as well, but need a few more volunteers. Waycheshen told us there is a good group of volunteers. However, because there was an extended response and they need two volunteers every night, the volunteers they have, who have other commitments, tend to tire out quicker than expected.
Volunteers can apply to Waycheshen at the District of Kitimat offices to start the process. He will pass on the information to the Child Development Centre who are contracted to do it. Volunteers will receive training and have to commit some time.
Comment by Geoffrey Anderson on 10th February 2014
Each night requires 4 volunteers, not 2, as reported. 2 at 7pm for six hours; 2 at 1am for six hours.