Representatives of the Truro Homeless Outreach Society are on their way to creating an emergency shelter and will talk about it this weekend at the Truro Farmers’ Market.
The society formed in January to find a long-term solution to the concern of homelessness in the region. It started out of the Out of the Cold program, which provides an evening meal, overnight shelter and breakfast for those needing a place to stay during the winter months.
Out of the new society comes Hub House, which has 15 emergency shelter beds for men and women aged 16 or over, as well as space for families who find themselves homeless.
The facility will provide the shelter year-round and include shower and laundry facilities, as well as office space for future staff. There is also a gathering place for workshops on topics chosen by the guests themselves.
“The Truro Homeless Outreach Society believes in a “whole person” approach to serving our guests and works in partnership with many other agencies, both in the town and across the province to ensure that our guests have access to the services they need to achieve personal success,” reads a press release issued by Kevin Withrow, chairman of the society.
While the Out of the Cold program opened at 8 p.m. and closed at 7 a.m. the following morning, this past winter, a small daytime drop-in centre was also available to provide people with a warm place to spend their days when required.
“It became apparent to the Out of the Cold co-ordinating committee that although we were providing shelter during the coldest part of the year, our guests were literally turned out on April 1 to go back to a life living in parks and abandoned buildings until the program opened again the next November,” reads the release. “Also, guests who seemed to make some improvement in their lives during the winter often suffered significant setbacks when they lost the support of the volunteers.”
The public will have the first chance to talk to representatives of the society about their goals, objectives and plans at the farmers’ market on May 24.
There will be other opportunities to meet the people behind the society over the next few months at various community events.
For more information on volunteering with the organization or at Hub House and you can’t talk to a representative in person, email firstname.lastname@example.org.