Penticton’s Compass House temporary shelter is currently meeting the needs of those who rely on its service during the colder months.
The Western News previously reported that social services in Penticton were bracing for the cold weather.
Compass House, now operated by the Penticton and District Society for Community Living, moved from its previous location at 123 Nanaimo Ave. E. in June 2019 to its new location at 1706 Main St.
Roger Evans, the manager for the year-round shelter, said the beds in the winter shelter are currently full, but that they are meeting current needs and have capacity for a few more beds if needed.
Year-round, the shelter accommodates 30. During the winter, they add 25 to help match the higher demand. Those who use the shelter are able to stay there 24/7, and receive three meals a day.
Established in the area for over 25 years, Compass Shelter remains the only shelter in the South Okanagan. The next closest is in Kelowna.
Evans encourages members of the public to donate to the shelter if they can. The shelter is welcoming the donation of blankets and clothing, specifically toques, gloves and socks.
“If people want to donate blankets or clothing, they’re more than welcome,” said Evans.
The shelter is staffed 24/7, and donations can be dropped off at any time.