The Canadian Mental Health Association – Sudbury/Manitoulin (CMHA – S/M) is pleased to announce that OTS Emergency Shelter will be temporarily located at Church of Christ the King for the 2018/2019 winter season. The permanent location for the shelter is currently undergoing extensive renovations that will last throughout the winter.
Open seven days a week, 8:30 pm to 8 am from Nov. 1 to Apr. 15, the shelter provides a safe warm place to sleep with hot meals, outreach and referral services for individuals who are homeless and unable to access other shelter services.
“This year we feel fortunate to be working with Church of Christ the King who is allowing us to house the shelter in the church hall,’ said Marion Quigley, CEO, CMHA – S/M. “We also look forward to working closely with all of our partners to provide this low barrier shelter for some of our downtown citizens that have nowhere else to go.”
As a low-barrier operation, OTS Emergency Shelter aims to remove as many barriers as possible in order to help as many people as possible. The shelter will not turn away people who are under the influence.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for us to put Faith in Action, after all this is the Mission of Christ in which we are called to share. We are the perfect fit; downtown, at street level and spacious,’ Fr. Jim Ketzler, Pastor, Church of Christ the King added, ‘We are pleased to work with the community to offer a temporary cot and light snacks to those in need during the winter months.”
Thirty beds are available and more information about the shelter can be found online at https://sm.cmha.ca/.
The shelter happily accepts donations of non-perishable food, canned goods, coffee, tea, toiletries (e.g. toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo) and gently worn winter clothing for adults of all genders and ages over 16 years of age (e.g. sweaters, coats, hats, mittens), as well as new socks and undergarments. Please call CMHA-S/M at 705-675-7252 for donation inquiries.
- Over the course of the 2017/2018 Winter season, OTS had over 450 uniquely identified individuals who accessed services at the shelter and on average 38 beds were used per night.
- From November 1, 2017- April 15, 2018 there were 3,461 individuals who used the shelter for referral and outreach services only, and as a result of those services 33 individuals were able to find permanent housing.
- Throughout the 2017/2018 season, the shelter had a 125.92% occupancy rate. This number is based on 30 funded beds.
For more information or to arrange a media interview, contact:
Manager, Off the Street Emergency Shelter & Harm Reduction Home
Canadian Mental Health Association – Sudbury/Manitoulin
T: (705) 561-0445
E : firstname.lastname@example.org
Father Jim Ketzler
Pastor of Church of Christ the King