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 -30 C or lower for a 24-hour period or when an extreme cold warning/alert is issued by Environment Canada between Nov. 18, 2019, and March 31, 2020. 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
- Warm-up locations
- Cold weather supply kits
Cold weather supply kits (socks, mitts, etc.) will be available at warm-up locations, as well as at Neighbourlink Parkland on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Transportation within Spruce Grove to and from warm-up locations or to shelters in Edmonton is available on an as needed basis. For transportation assistance, contact Neighbourlink Parkland.
Who is involved in the response?
The Spruce Grove Community Church and Spruce Grove Public Library are warm-up locations.
Neighbourlink Parkland is a location to pick up cold weather supply kits.
Transportation is provided by Neighbourlink Parkland and Engage Church.
Weather monitoring is done in rotation with the organizations involved in the response.
Outreach is done by the City of Spruce Grove Protective Services and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
The City of Spruce Grove will issue the alerts online at www.sprucegrove.org/WER.
For general inquires, call Neighbourlink Parkland at 780-960-9669.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are individuals in our community who would benefit from these supports during periods of extreme cold weather.
A task force consisting of municipal and community organizations and groups was assembled in July 2019 with the goal of having a collaborative plan in place by November 2019. The task force will be complete by November 2019, and will shift to the roles and responsibilities specific to the response.
The task force was comprised of:
- City of Spruce Grove – Protective and Fire Services and Community Social Development
- Neighbourlink Parkland
- Engage Church and Spruce Grove Community Church
- Pay Forward Kindness
- TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre
- Primary Care Network.
For this year, the initiative is limited to the City of Spruce Grove’s corporate limits.
This web page will have an alert at the top of the page when the response is active. When there is no alert message on this web page, the response is not active.
This response is reflective of the current resources we have within the community. There will be times during holidays where the warm-up locations will not be open.
The Spruce Grove Community Church will be closed between Dec. 21, 2019, and Jan. 7, 2020.
The Spruce Grove Public Library will be closed on statutory holidays (Dec. 25 to 26, 2019, and Jan. 1, 2020). The hours will be modified on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 when the library will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Both warm-up locations will be closed on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, for Family Day.
Transportation and cold weather supply kits
Neighbourlink Parkland will be closed between Dec. 25, 2019, and Jan. 1, 2020, and on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, for Family Day.
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 C, -25 C, and -20 C (including wind chill). This data assisted in determining the cold weather threshold that the community has capacity to support.
A 24/7 response was determined to not be possible this year. Currently, there are not enough organizations operating outside regular business hours or staff available to fill this need.
Interested individuals are welcome to become a volunteer with the organizations involved in the response: Neighbourlink Parkland, Spruce Grove Community Church, Engage Church, and Spruce Grove Public Library. Please contact these organizations directly to apply.
Cash donations for the response are accepted through Neighbourlink Parkland. Please note that you would like the donation to go towards the Community Homeless Winter Emergency Response.