The Tri-Cities Bridge Shelter is opening for the cold wet weather season on Friday, November 1st. It will continue to operate nightly from 10 PM – 7 AM until March 31st. The program is operated by the Hope For Freedom Society using host church facilities in the Tri-Cities on a rotating basis. Homeless persons are picked up at designated muster points in the Tri-Cities and bused to the shelter location. The shelter has a capacity of 30 mats. Eligible patrons are adult men and women, 19 years of age and older. There is no provision for pets, however there is storage for personal possessions. Shelter patrons are provided with supper, breakfast and a bag lunch, dry clothes if necessary and a warm, safe place to sleep. Connections can also be provided to services available in the Tri-Cities. Patrons will be transported back to the pick-up point at 7 AM each morning.
An application is currently before the City of Coquitlam for a Temporary Use Permit to permit the Eagle Ridge Bible Fellowship, 1160 Lansdowne Drive in Coquitlam to host the Bridge Shelter for a period of 1 month during this winter season and next. To show your support for this application, please attend the Coquitlam Council meeting on Monday, November 4th at 7 PM in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 3000 Guildford Way, Coquitlam.