(Beacon Community Services)

A temporary shelter will once again reopen this fall and winter for youth in Victoria.

Out of Rain Youth Night Shelter is available from October 15th until April 15th at 1450 Elford Street, opening from 8:30 p.m. and closing at 7:30 a.m.

The shelter is coordinated by local charity Beacon Community Services in collaboration with a coalition of community agencies, faith- based organizations, businesses, and individual volunteers.

25 spaces are reserved for youth aged 15-25.

Two trained youth workers staff will work at the shelter each night to provide support to those who need it.

An additional van has been donated by Aragon Properties’ to help youth access the shelter, assist with moving those who have found housing, and connect youth with important community resources.

“There are still far too many cold, hungry, vulnerable young people in unsafe conditions on the street,” said Beacon Community Services CEO Tricia Gueulette.

“Every year for more than 20 years, we’ve opened the Out of the Rain shelter to help keep them safe, warm, and dry.”

Out of the Rain shelter has been operating since the winter of 1998 and has been every winter for 22 years.

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