The Salvation Army Crosswalk shelter has relocated to a newly renovated building in an effort to continue to provide a safe and warm shelter for homeless men and women inVancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
The Crosswalk offers year-round co-ed shelter for up to 36 men and women. The new building offers heightened security features, dorm rooms and larger washrooms with showers. The shelter is open from 10:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. and serves one meal per day.
The shelter is owned and operated by The Salvation Army who also operates three additional shelter facilities providing a total of 185 shelter beds. Additional support services offered include a detox centre, residential drug and alcohol treatment programs, computer and life skills training opportunities, community church, food-line service and a drop-in centre accessible to those in need.
Shares Rich Coleman, Minister of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas and Minister Responsible for Housing, “The B.C. government is working with experienced partners like The Salvation Army to ensure that shelter options for those living on the streets are available across the province. This stretch has become a hub of housing, shelter and supports for those in need and The Salvation Army should be commended for their efforts for helping those most vulnerable back on their feet by providing a warm bed, meals and staff that truly care.”
The Salvation Army is here to assist those who are suffering, the homeless and those at risk of homelessness. It is the aim to help those in need to become self-sufficient and independent through the reduction of physical, emotional, social and spiritual barriers.