A new 10-bed overnight shelter in Dartmouth, N.S., is believed to be the first of its kind in the city’s history.
Located in the gym of the Sonlife Community Church on Windmill Road, the shelter has beds for men, women and children, and is also believed to be the first adult co-ed shelter in the Halifax Regional Municipality.
“If you find yourself in a situation where you need a warm, safe space, we’re there,” said Warren Wesson, one of the volunteers who runs the shelter.
The shelter opens its doors to overnight guests at 9 p.m. and closes at 7 a.m. the next morning. The beds get put away during the day while the space is used by the church.
Wesson said the decision to make the shelter co-ed wasn’t a conscious one, but rather, they realized that anyone could be in need of a shelter.