On November 5, 2019, Gibsons’ Council approved leasing the Marine Room (located in the bottom level of the Arts Building at 464 South Fletcher Road) to RainCity Housing for the purposes of operating a temporary winter shelter. This was deemed necessary following a fire at the Salvation Army premises on Gibsons Way, where the winter shelter was initially set to be housed.
On November 20, 2019, BC Housing approved the funding required to operate the winter shelter, as well as funding to convert an existing washroom into a shower.
Currently, the Marine Room is undergoing preparatory renovations, with the shelter expected to open on Sunday, December 1, 2019. The overnight shelter will be be open from 6pm to 8am, 7 days a week, and will be able accommodate up to 15 people.
Residents will be offered a hot meal when the doors open, and a reservation system will be in place to eliminate the requirement for people to line up outdoors for a bed.
How to Get Involved
While RainCity Housing has secured funding to provide meal service to people using the shelter, they would also like to extend an invitation to the community to donate meals.
Currently, they are seeking meals for 15 people on Friday and Saturday evenings (with delivery around 6:30pm) and have created a “take them a meal” page for the Gibsons shelter.
If you are interested in donating a meal, please follow this link to learn more and sign up for a Friday or Saturday night.
We thank the Sunshine Coast community for your support and generosity!