This week’s frigid temperatures haven’t caused a run on beds at Penticton’s two emergency shelters – the bunks were spoken for months ago.
“The cold snap is driving a few more in, but, no, it’s been full all winter,” said Roger Evans, who manages the shelters on behalf of the Salvation Army.
The 20-bed Compass House facility on Nanaimo Avenue is open all year, while a new 27-bed winter shelter at the old Super 8 Motel on Main Street is open November through March.
“We’re taking the overflow at Compass House and we haven’t had to turn anyone away – and we won’t turn anyone away,” said Evans. “If we have to let them come in and sit on a couch, we will.”