November 25, 2019
A temporary homeless shelter set up at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in downtown Kitchener is set to close on Monday.
Opening the church doors was an initiative of The Working Centre, which worked in collaboration with a group called the Inner City Health Alliance.
It’s a group of non-profits that took action after the temperature dropped and a significant amount of snow fell on the region on Nov. 11.
Since that time, the church’s outreach co-ordinator Rianne Rops says the number of homeless who took temporary shelter increased from the first night when only 60 showed up.
“I would say we averaged about 100 people a night,” Rops said. “We’ve, to date, had 196 different individuals come use our space. But not all of them are there at once. And about 40 of them are youth.”