Shelter filled beyond capacity

THE emergency shelter is running at higher than full capacity and has been for two months now.

  • Feb. 1, 2011 3:00 p.m.
glenna johnson from Kermode Friendship Centre serves the chili at the Bannock and Beans Dinner at the emergency shelter Jan. 17. Johnson was volunteering there for the evening. Looking on are shelter worker Jerry Sebastian far left

glenna johnson from Kermode Friendship Centre serves the chili at the Bannock and Beans Dinner at the emergency shelter Jan. 17. Johnson was volunteering there for the evening. Looking on are shelter worker Jerry Sebastian far left

THE emergency shelter is running at higher than full capacity and has been for two months now.

About 22 people per night have been staying at the emergency shelter on Hall St. in December, which is 108 per cent capacity, according to Carol Sabo, executive director of Ksan House Society.

Christmas Day was down to 19 people and New Year’s Day was up to 23, she said.

The damp shelter, which is located in a house behind the emergency shelter, averages eight people staying there per night and that rose to nine people who spent Christmas Day there, she added.

The numbers are similar for January, Sabo added.

That’s up from the first three years – this is the fourth year the damp shelter has been open – where the average number of bedstays a night was five.

The damp shelter is for intoxicated people who needed a place to stay during the night.

Transition house numbers are lower as women usually try to keep the family together during the holidays, said Sabo.

Five women and four children were at the residence on Christmas Day and six women were there on New Year’s Day, she said.