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2013-12-31 at 10:31

Shelter House responds to freezing cold with SOS pilot project

By tbnewswatch.com
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The Shelter House's Street Outreach plan shifted into high gear this past weekend. 

The program helps the city's most vulnerable survive the winter cold. 

The four-month SOS pilot project dispatches a van with seasoned staff to transport people between services and supply them with winter clothing, condoms, water, coffee and pipe kits. 

SOS Project co-ordinator Shelby Henderson says in the three days since the program began, it has successfully transferred 16 people between facilities and provided services to people sleeping in outdoor encampments on five occasions.

The SOS program is the Shelter House's contribution to the city's cold weather plan for the homeless.


(Thunder Bay  Television)

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Nitesky says:
Sooo, what are pipe kits? Reporters should write a clearer story
12/31/2013 9:06:18 PM
moi says:
we all know what pipe kits are Nitesky...but heaven forbid someone should question the viability of Shelter House handing them out--lest we be viewed as prejudiced against hardened drug (ab)users...
1/2/2014 12:58:33 PM
fan says:
Thank you Shelter House for reaching out to the lost and broken among us regardless of their unique circumstance. The implied righteous outrage expressed in comments that suggest those circumstances must be ones which comply with some vague criteria really need to re-examine their own humanity.
1/1/2014 12:18:38 PM
moi says:
Unless those condoms are fur lined, can someone explain to me how handing out free condoms can help..."the most vulnerable survive the winter cold".
1/2/2014 1:03:58 PM
Thor Odinson says:
Hey, just because you're chilly doesn't mean you should risk the clap!
1/3/2014 2:37:06 AM
Eastender says:
Warm clothes, coffee, water, by all means. Condoms? Pipe kits? Why not a steak dinner, at the Vallhala Inn, maybe a little pinot noir, and a nice cigar after dinner?
1/3/2014 9:29:15 AM
SH2013 says:
The SOS team will provide transportation and outreach for homeless citizens in crisis to the most appropriate shelter or service in the city. The team also visits encampments where people are sleeping outside due to a variety of reasons and try and work with them to lead them indoors and provide supplies (blankets, hats, mitts, and food) if the person does not want to come with the team. The van carries hot coffee, water, blankets, hats&mitts, socks, food and harm reduction supplies to distribute when requested.

The SOS team is not a replacement of emergency services but rather an alternative approach meant to assist emergency service providers so that these important resources can be reallocated to other emergencies.

I hope that clears up anything the article didnt mention. We generously thank the community for all your support and donations of blankets, hats&mitts, food, etc. The team has had nothing but success to date.

All the best in 2014!

Shelby Henderson
1/3/2014 6:47:29 PM
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