BETHS needs more volunteers for cold weather shelter

By Contributor
November 2nd, 2015

Every year, across Canada, people die of exposure to the cold.  For homeless individuals, exposure to prolonged extreme weather conditions can cause illness, frostbite, hypothermia, depression, and in some cases death.   In the Boundary Region, help is available through emergency shelter services.  The Boundary Emergency Transition Housing Society (BETHS), provides a safe, temporary shelter for homeless individuals.  The emergency shelter, located at 7212 Riverside Drive Grand Forks, operates from 8:00 pm to 8:00 am 7 days/week from November – March. 

The Shelter has a very small budget and cannot operate without volunteers.   Since opening in 2011, BETHS has been very fortunate to attract a dedicated group of volunteers.  However, with an increased need in our community, and the cold winter months fast approaching, we are appealing to the public for more volunteers to assist with frontline services, clean up and light meals.  With a goal of extending hours, we are in need of volunteers who can work shifts and nights, as well as on call volunteers.

The commitment level is considerable, but so too are the rewards.  All volunteers require a criminal record check and training is provided.  Volunteers make all the difference in delivering this essential service for our community.   Help us improve the quality of life for those less fortunate, and know that you are truly making a difference. 

If you are interested in learning more, contact Cathy Muth (250) 584-4349.

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