Emergency Shelter

Emergency Shelter & Food Resources

Shelter and Food Brochure      shelter image    Oceanside Social Services

 

Year-Round Shelters

 

Year-Round Shelters

(Open Every Day)

Details

Location

Contact

Hours

Bus Route

Samaritan Place - Bridge to Housing

(Women 19+)

The shelter is by referral only. Please call for more information. 

 

 702 Nicol Street, Nanaimo

 

250-753-1474

 

24 hours

 

7

The Salvation Army, New Hope Centre

(Men Only)

The shelter is behaviour-based, however, drugs or alcohol may not be consumed on the premises. Some storage space is available for belongings, including carts.

 

19 Nicol Street, Nanaimo

 

250-714-1142

 

24 hours

 

1, 5, 6, 7,20, 20a, 25, 30, 40, 50, 70, 78

 

Friendship Lelum Youth Safe House

(Youth only)

For at-risk youth from 12 to 18 years of age. No drugs or alcohol are allowed on the premises.

 

 

250-753-8266

 

  7

Nanaimo Unitarian Shelter

(Men and Women )

Men, women, pets and storage. No drugs or alcohol are permitted on the premises.

 

595 Townsite Road, Nanaimo

 

250-754-3720

 

5 p.m. to 7:30 a.m

 

1

 

 

Seasonal Warming Centres 

Winter Shelters and Warming Centres

Details

Location

Contact

Hours

Bus Route

St Peter's Winter Cold Weather Shelter

Nanaimo

Co-ed seasonal shelter, 25 beds with the capacity to expand up to 31 beds in extreme weather. Low barrier, but no drugs or alcohol are permitted on the premises. Hot dinner and grab-and-go cold breakfast provided. Open every night. 

Open November 8, 2022 - March 31, 2023

301 Machleary Street, Nanaimo

 

Direct Line

778-269-3212

Nanaimo Family Life Association

250-754-1266

8 p.m. to 7:30 a.m.

 

5,25,40

 

Risebridge Society

Nanaimo

The warming centre services will be offered 7 days a week in two shifts, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., to provide access for a greater number of people. Food and beverages will be provided, as well as outreach teams will provide wound care, mental health, and addiction supports. 

Capacity: Two shifts of 40 people, 80 people per day (co-ed) 

Open December to March

520 Prideaux Street, Nanaimo  

Two shift:

8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

and

3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m

5,6

City of Parksville and Risebridge Society

Parksville 

The Warming centre will be operated by Risebridge during an extreme weather emergency to accommodate up to 30 guests with a ratio of one staff to 10 guests.  223 Mills Street, Parksville      

7-10 Club Society at St. Pauls Anglican Church 

Nanaimo

The warming centre services will be offered from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday. A hot breakfast will be provided onsite and a bagged meal will be provided for lunch and dinner. 

Capacity: 60 to 80 people (co-ed). 

Open December to March

100 Chapel Street, Nanaimo   7 a.m. to 7p.m. 1,20,30,40,50

 

Emergency Food Providers

Food Providers

Details

Location

Contact

Hours

Bus Route

Salvation Army New Hope Centre

Nanaimo

Meal program open for breakfast and lunch. Bread & baked goods are available during meal times while supplies last. Breakfast is served from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and Lunch is served from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

19 Nicol Street, Nanaimo

 

250-714-1142

8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

and

1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

 

1, 5, 6, 7,20, 20a, 25, 30, 40, 50, 70, 78

 

7-10 Club Society

Nanaimo

Daily bagged lunch 7 days a week are distributed by partner agencies in Nanaimo

 Nanaimo 250-714-0917

 

 

Stone Soup/ Wisteria Community Association 

Nanaimo

Provides a brown bag lunch to go that is served by community volunteers to those in need during the hours of 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 7 days per week. All meals are offered at no charge. www.wisteriacommunityassociation.com

Mobile Service   250-591-6443 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  

Rotary Clubs

Nanaimo

Community hot breakfast at Salvation Army New Hope Centre. Second and fourth Saturdays of each month, hot breakfast is served from 9 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.   250-714-1142    

St. Paul's Anglican Church

Nanaimo

Lunch is provided by Nanaimo Food Share every Monday between noon -1 p.m. 19 Nicol Street, Nanaimo 250-753-2523 noon to 1 p.m. 1,20,30,40,50

Downtown Hope

Nanaimo

Dinner is served every Saturday out of the St. Andrew's United Church from 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 315 Fitzwilliam Street, Nanaimo 250-734-1862 4:30 p.m. to  7:30 p.m.  

Shelby Street Mission

Nanaimo

Provides sandwiches and snacks Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Sandwiches and BBQ lunches are provided Mondays and Thursdays from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Mondays and Thursdays from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

250-753-3446    

Salvation Army Soup Kitchen

Parksville 

Lunches are provided Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  187 Alberni Highway  250-954-0707 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  88, 91

St. Stephen's United Church 

Qualicum 

Lunches are offered Thursdays 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dinner is offered on the third Tuesday of each month from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (excluding statutory holidays).  150 Village Way  250-752-9831 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 91, 97, 99

Table last updated December 28, 2022

People in need of shelter in the Oceanside Area can:

  • Connect with the Mid Island Peer Support Help line at 250-248-6478
  • Visit the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen
  • Contact the Society of Organized Services (SOS) at 245 Hirst Ave in Parksville

For those experiencing ongoing homelessness, the Homelessness Outreach Response Team, 250-741-7645, is there to help.

If you are in crisis and need help, contact Vancouver Island Crisis Line at 1-888-494-3888.