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Laichwiltach Family Life Society gets permit to open seasonal shelter in Campbell River

Hiring fair to be held Dec. 16
Shawn Decaire and Audrey Wilson say a few words at the opening ceremonies for Kwesa Place in January, 2021. The new shelter will be located just behind Kwesa Place. Photo by Marc Kitteringham, Campbell River Mirror

A seasonal shelter is in the works for downtown Campbell River.

The shelter will be operated by the Laichwiltach Family Life Society (LFLS), which just got an occupancy permit for a space behind Kwesa Place.

“This is excellent news for the community,” Coalition to End Homelessness coordinator Stefanie Hendrickson said in an email sent with Sue Moen to coalition members.

The goal is to operate seven days per week from 9 p.m. until 9 a.m.. To do that, LFLS needs several staff members on board. The facility’s capacity will be 20-24 people.

The goal is to open as soon as equipment and furniture is moved in — within the next two weeks. To find staff, LFLS will be hosting an information and hiring fair on Dec. 16. LFLS will be looking for regular staff and plan to have a casual list.

The fair will be on Friday, Dec. 16 at 11 a.m. at Kwesa Place (1342 Shoppers Row). For those who cannot make it during that time, another time can be arranged.

“Thank you so much for your patience, understanding and ongoing dedication to serving our unhoused friends, family, and neighbours,” the email says.

A previous version of this story said the shelter would be open in conjunction with the City of Campbell River’s warming shelter at the Community Centre. However this is not the case. The city-run shelter will only be operational until the Laichwiltach Family Life Society shelter opens.

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