Community Homeless Winter Emergency Response

Winter Emergency Response 

The Winter Emergency Response has concluded for the 2020/2021 winter season.

We will continue working with the community partners in the coming months to look at continuing and enhancing the Winter Emergency Response for the 2021/2022 winter season.

What does the response include?

The 2020/2021 response was based on the Late Night Cafe, which was a warm place to go when the response was activated. 

The Late Night Café was hosted at the Congregational Christian Fellowship Church.  Guests could enjoy a hot meal, warm beverages, and had access to cold weather supplies when needed.

Transportation within Spruce Grove to and from warm-up locations or to shelters in Edmonton was available on an as needed basis.

Who was involved in the response?

The Winter Emergency Response was made possible because of a collaboration between the following organizations:

  • City of Spruce Grove - Protective and Fire Services & Community Social Development
  • RCMP
  • Engage Church
  • Congregational Christian Fellowship Church
  • Spruce Grove Community 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. 

Questions?

Call Spruce Grove Community Social Development at 780-962-7583 or email  csd@sprucegrove.org

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.

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.

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.

Call 9-1-1 whenever you see someone in serious or immediate distress or in case of emergency.

Call 2-1-1 for non-emergency related calls.

When the Winter Emergency Response is active, and someone needs a ride to the Late Night Cafe, call the committee coordinator at 780-306-1955 for assistance.

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