As the cold front continues throughout the Lower Mainland, Union Gospel Mission says it’s doing what it can to keep the homeless out of the weather.
UGM spokesperson Derek Weiss says they’ve had to open up extra beds from the usual 72 spaces.
“Earlier in the month we’ve seen ten people in our overflow and it’s just really important to make sure these people have a place to go when it’s this cold outside.”
He says outreach workers have been working around the clock but they’re in need of more supplies.
“There’s still a need for cold weather gear as this extended cold front comes in, we need warm jackets and outdoor warm boots, anything you’d use to for example use if you were on a camping trip.”
Ward Draper is with 5 and 2 Ministries and says they’re facing the same need.
He says people can help out by getting involved with their local shelters.
“So if you live in Vancouver, find a way to help teams out there, if you live in Poco, find ways to invest in there, and if you’re in Abbotsford find ways to invest in the local institute out here.”
Draper encourages people to call their local shelter and see what areas need volunteers.
With files from Caleb Harder