Arbutus Grove Church in downtown Parksville is hosting the community’s cold-weather shelter, which will operate through March of 2018. — J.R. Rardon photo

Cold-weather shelter opens Nov. 1

Facility will remain open through March 31

The local cold-weather shelter opened for the season on Nov. 1 in Parksville. Its arrival was not a moment too soon.

Parksville Coun. Mary Beil announced during council’s regular meeting Monday, Nov. 6, that the shelter had opened in Arbutus Grove Church.

“Which was excellent timing this year, as the cold and the arctic front moved in Nov. 2,” said Beil. “I understand six people were staying the first night.”

The first snow of the season fell on Parksville Nov. 2.

As a cold-weather shelter, the facility will be available to homeless and needy guests for a warm place to sleep and a meal each night through March 31, 2018.

“It will be consistently available for those who need the service, but anyone staying does need to be out every morning,” Beil said. “Kudos to the work of the Oceanside Task Force on Homelessness for their work on this.”

Arbutus Grove Church is located at 170 W. Hirst Ave. in Parksville, across from the Arrowsmith Legion Branch 49 hall.

“The task force appreciates Arbutus Grove Church for allowing us the usee of their facility,” said task force spokesperson Sharon Welch.

— News staff

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