Community Homeless Winter Emergency Response

The Winter Emergency Response is finished for the 2021/2022 winter season (November 1 - April 1).

We will continue working with community partners in the coming months to look at continuing and enhancing the Winter Emergency Response for the 2022/2023 season.

What does the response include?

The 2021/2022 response provided transportation and supplies at the Late Night Cafe, which was a warm place to go when the response was activated.

The Late Night Café was hosted at the Congregational Christian Fellowship Church.  Guests could enjoy a hot meal, warm beverages, and had access to cold weather supplies when needed.

Transportation was made available within Spruce Grove, to and from warm-up locations or to shelters in Edmonton was available on an as needed basis. 

Who was involved in the response?

The Winter Emergency Response was made possible because of a collaboration between the following organizations:

  • City of Spruce Grove - Protective and Fire Services & Community Social Development
  • RCMP
  • Spruce Grove Community Church
  • Congregational Christian Fellowship Church
  • Saints Church Glory Hills
  • Tri-Region Pay Forward Kindness Society
  • TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre
  • Rotary Club of Spruce Grove
  • Spruce Grove Public Library

The Winter Emergency Response (WER) was first developed for the 2019-2020 winter season.

Questions?

For general inquiries, email csd@sprucegrove.org or socialplanning@sprucegrove.org

Phone: 780-962-7583 (9 a.m.4:00 p.m.)

Frequently asked questions

There are individuals in our community who would benefit from these supports during periods of extreme cold weather.

A committee consisting of municipal and community organizations and groups was assembled with the goal of having a collaborative plan in place by November 2020. The committee is comprised of:

  • City of Spruce Grove – Protective and Fire Services & Community Social Development
  • RCMP
  • Engage Church
  • Spruce Grove Community Church
  • Congregational Christian Fellowship Church
  • Tri-Region Pay Forward Kindness Society
  • TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre
  • Rotary Club of Spruce Grove
  • Spruce Grove Public Library

The Winter Emergency Response (WER) was first developed for the 2019-2020 winter season. The collaborative group debriefed in April 2020 before starting planning the 2020-2021 response.

Weather data from the past five years (2014-2018) was reviewed using Environment Canada’s Wind Chill Index to determine the average number of days each year that were below -30, -25, and -20 (including wind chill). This data assisted in determining the cold weather threshold that the community has capacity to support.

Individuals who attend the Late Night Café are not required to seek additional supports. If an individual requests additional supports, the staff and volunteers at the Late Night Café will be able to connect them to the appropriate supports.

Interested individuals are welcome to become a volunteer with the organizations involved in the response: Congregational Christian Fellowship Church and Spruce Grove Community Church. Please contact these organizations directly to apply.

Spruce Grove is a very generous community. We have had many physical donations in previous years that will continue to be used throughout the 2021-2022 season. Because of this abundance of donations, we are not taking physical donations this year.

Cash donations for the Winter Emergency Response are accepted through the Spruce Grove Community Church. Please make a note that you would like the donation to go towards the Winter Emergency Response. Cash donations provide the ability to purchase specific items that guests may need.  

Call 9-1-1 whenever you see someone in serious or immediate distress or in case of emergency.

 

Individuals will not be turned away regardless of their residency, however, transportation to and from the Late Night Café will only be available within the City of Spruce Grove corporate limits.

This web page will have an alert when the response is active. When there is no alert message on this page, the response is not active.   

This response will be active during the holidays if the cold weather threshold is reached. 

The response is not available on a 24/7 basis. The Late Night Café is available 11 pm – 6 am when the alert is active. The focus of this response is to provide a warm place when no other businesses or facilities are open to the public when the alert is active.

  • Physical distancing
  • Hand washing etiquette
  • Guest registration
  • Screening of staff and guests upon entry
  • Environmental cleaning procedures
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