Community Homeless Winter Emergency Response

Several community partners are working together to plan this year’s Winter Emergency Response. The community organizations that have partnered to create and implement this response are:

  • RCMP
  • 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
  • City of Spruce Grove Protective Services & Community Social Development

The Winter Emergency Response will be in effect from November 1, 2021 – April 1, 2022.

The full detailed plan will be available late October.

What will the 2021-2022 response include?

We are working on logistics for the following:

  • Late Night Café – that will be open in overnight hours when the cold weather threshold is reached.
  • Take Away Table – for basic needs supplies to stay warm throughout the winter.
  • Transportation – to help individuals get where they can be out of the cold.

Questions?

Call Spruce Grove Community Social Development at 780-962-7583 or email  csd@sprucegrove.org

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.

Cash donations for the response are accepted through the Congregational Christian Fellowship Church. Please note that you would like the donation to go towards the Winter Emergency Response.

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

Call 2-1-1 for non-emergency related calls.

When the Winter Emergency Response is active, and someone needs a ride to the Late Night Cafe, call the committee coordinator at 780-306-1955 for assistance.

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