With the colder weather upon us, the Quesnel Women’s Resource Centre (QWRC) is helping make sure people experiencing homelessness in Quesnel have what they need to stay warm and clean.
The QWRC started a toque and toiletry drive for Seasons House Oct. 14, and the initiative runs until Oct. 30.
Quesnel and area residents who want to help and are able to contribute are asked to donate toques and mittens, socks, travel-sized toiletries, hygiene products, combs and hair ties, and backpacks. Items can be dropped off in the marked bin at the Quesnel Women’s Resource Centre at 690 McLean St. in North Quesnel.
The Quesnel Shelter and Support Society, which operates the Seasons House shelter, served more than 400 clients in 2019, and 20 shelter beds were used on an average night last year, according to the society’s website. In 2019, 10,890 beds were used by people experiencing “absolute homelessness.”
Seasons House offers emergency shelter beds, transitional housing units, support and recovery beds, emergency weather response beds and a day program that includes food services, showers, access to laundry facilities, clothing donations, toiletries, various health supports, and harm reduction supplies, including Take Home Naloxone kits.