Community Homeless Winter Emergency Response

Community Homeless Winter Emergency Response

The community of Spruce Grove is working to reduce the risk for unsheltered individuals during periods of extreme cold weather through the development of a Community Homeless Winter Emergency Response

The emergency response will be on when the temperature, including wind chill factor, drops to -25 C or lower for a 24-hour period between November 1, 2021–April 1, 2022. When the response is active, an alert will be posted at the top of this web page.

What does the response include?

The response will consist of:

Late Night Café
A warm place to go between 11 pm and 6 am when an alert is active to stay warm and prevent harm from the elements (including death).

  • Transportation – to get individuals to and from the Late Night Café
  • Cold Weather Supplies – available to guests of the Late Night Café

Congregational Christian Fellowship Church – 445 King Street, Spruce Grove

  • Cold weather supplies will be available at the late-night café.
  • Transportation to and from the late-night café will be provided. To use please call the Coordinator at 780-306-1699

Who is involved in the response?

The partners who created and implemented the response"

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

The City of Spruce Grove will issue the alerts online at www.sprucegrove.org/WER

Questions?

For general inquiries, email werc@sprucegrove.church

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 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.

When the Winter Emergency Response is active, and someone needs a ride to the late-night cafe, call the Coordinator at 780-306-1699 for assistance. 

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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