It’s a chain reaction that keeps growing with only one goal in mind — to help Fredericton’s homeless stay out of the cold.

St. Paul’s United Church has recently opened its sanctuary to offer a warm place for the night, to help alleviate some of the overflow at the former bishop’s house on Brunswick Street. The building, which was donated by the Anglican Diocese of Fredericton, serves as a new out-of the-cold shelter for homeless people living in the city.

“I preach about it every Sunday that I’m up there, that we’re supposed to reach out and give of ourselves,” said Rev. Richard Bowley, who pastors at the downtown church.