A proposed overnight winter shelter with ten beds, open from 8pm – 8am from November 1 to March 31, located in the basement of the United Church and operated by the Revelstoke Women’s Shelter, has already garnered negative feedback from concerned residents.
The winter shelter proposal, meant to offer bedding, food and toiletries to those in need, has yet to enter its consultation phase.
Though there are a lot of questions milling around the shelter, there are also those who are supportive of giving those in need a safe place, including local residents Brian and Louisa Dubasov.
Louisa shared with the Revelstoke Current their letter to Mayor Gary Sulz in support of the proposed winter homeless shelter at the United Church.
Just writing you to let you know that Bryan and I are in support of the winter homeless shelter at the United church. Over the 25 years we have lived at this address we have, at times, had homeless people living in the lane behind our house.
We don’t believe that people should have to live like that and made an effort to help them with food and clothing. They were very grateful and respected us and also kept and eye out for our property. We believe that if our levels of government do not step up to the plate to support our vulnerable citizens then the onus on us as neighbors is to help them if we can.
I met with some of the neighbors on Monday and voiced my views on the subject. While it think public input into a long term plan is appropriate, we don’t have a problem with the Church providing a seasonal place for people to shelter in the cold season, until something more permanent can be set up.
Take care and thanks for all your hard work on our behalf.
Bryan and Louisa Dubasov