FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A temporary daytime warming center opened Friday thanks to a collaboration between the City of Fort St. John, Community Bridge, Urban Matters and other community partners.

The warming centre for the homeless residents of Fort St. John was made possible by funding from the Union of B.C. Municipalities to strengthen community services.

Located at 10067 100th Avenue, the centre is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and provides a safe, inclusive space where residents can warm up, get a hot meal and beverage, as well as shower and do laundry.

Clients can also access resources such as mental health and addictions services through the warming centre.

Tiffany Mearow, with Urban Matters and People Employment Services, says with over 70 homeless residents in the city, there was a need for a space like the warming centre.

“This place just opened today, and we’ve already had five clients access it,” Mearow remarked.

Friday was a soft opening for the centre, which will stay open until July 2022.

Mearow says the centre is also in need of donations such as:

Donations can be brought to the warming center during its hours of operation. Access to the building is through the back alley only.