As part of a short-term solution to ongoing long-range planning of homelessness services here in Rainy River District, a temporary “pop-up” out-of-the-cold shelter will be opened at the Apostolic Way Church on the corner of Church Street and Victoria Avenue.

Beginning early in the new year, the church will open its basement to individuals aged 16 and over who require a warm bed on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights.

Volunteers from various church groups around Fort Frances will be there to serve a meal and set up beds at the beginning of the evening, so individuals using the shelter will be able to escape the cold on those three nights of each week until April, when the weather is less dangerous.

The program only will be open through the night and those accessing the shelter will be asked to leave in the morning.