Behchoko Warming Centre Set To Re-Open

Warming shelter in Behchoko. Photo courtesy of Kristen Berkeley

Homeless residents living in the community of Behchoko can soon access a safe and warm space for the night.

The warming centre in Behchoko is set to re-open Monday October 1st, 2018 if everything goes as planned.

Sgt Scott Young says the warming centre is a safe haven for many individuals that have no where to go, when the weather begins to get cold.

Winters here in North are long. It’s starting to get below zero and now is the time that we need such a place.

The facility can hold a total of 15 people, with three separate bedrooms for men and women.

In addition to having a warm space to spend the night clients recieve both dinner and breakfast, a hot shower and access to the laundry room.

The hours for the centre are not set in stone, but Sgt Young says he expects the time to run from 8:00pm to 8:00am.

Sgt Young adds that he plans on having the centre open throughout the winter until the end of March.

We are hoping to stay open for all winter this time. So, we are going to be opening up in October and hopefully we will run right through the winter until the end of March.

The centre received its funding from the Community Government of Behchoko, the Tlicho Government and through fundraising efforts.

About the Author

Kristen Berkeley
Kristen is a multimedia journalist, reporter and producer at CKLB. Originally from Toronto, Kristen was interested in Indigenous issues and decided to relocate to Yellowknife to join CKLB. Kristen received her education from York University with degrees in Political Science and Communication. She is also a graduate from the Seneca-at-York Broadcast Journalism program. If you want to get in contact with Kristen, send her an email at Kristen.berkeley@cklbradio.com

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