Community Homeless Winter Emergency Response

Winter Emergency Response Enhancements due to COVID-19 Restrictions

As of Dec. 8, the Province of Alberta has put stronger mandatory health measures into effect to help reduce the cases of COVID-19 and protect the health system.  Because of these restrictions, the Winter Emergency Response will be enhanced with new hours during an activation of the Winter Emergency Response. The Winter Emergency Response Committee will reassess these enhancements in January 2021.   

The emergency response will be on when the temperature, including wind chill factor, drops to -25 C or lower for a 24 hour period between November 1, 2020 and April 1, 2021. When the response is active an alert will be posted at the top of this web page.

What does the response include?

The response will consist of a warm place to go when an alert is active to stay warm and prevent harm from the elements.

  • Late Night Café 
    • Daytime: 11am – 5pm
    • Night: 11pm – 8am (new)
    • Includes cold weather supplies – available to guests of the Late Night Café
  • Congregational Christian Fellowship Church – 445 King Street, Spruce Grove

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.

Individuals will not be turned away regardless of their residency, however transportation to and from the Late Night Café will only be available within the City of Spruce Grove corporate limits.

This web page will have an alert when the response is active. When there is no alert message on this page, the response is not active

This response will be active during the holidays if the cold weather threshold is reached.

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.

At this time, the response is not available on a 24/7 basis, the Late Night Café is available 11 p.m. – 5 a.m. when the alert is active. The focus of this response is to provide a warm place when no other businesses or facilities are open to the public when the alert is active.

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.

  • Physical distancing
  • Hand washing etiquette
  • Client registration
  • Screening of staff and clients upon entry
  • Environmental cleaning procedures
  • Site specific plan for if someone is exhibiting symptoms

Contact information

General inquiries about the Community Homeless Winter Emergency Response can be emailed to werc@sprucegrove.church.

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