Seventh Day Adventist Church in Oliver hosted a warming centre for those in need during the cold snap in late December. (Google Map)

Seventh Day Adventist Church in Oliver hosted a warming centre for those in need during the cold snap in late December. (Google Map)

Warming centre in Oliver closes after busy 12 days

Volunteers offered shelter, food and helped those who had pipes freeze

With the cold snap now over, the warming centre in Oliver closed after a busy 12 days of hot meals and providing shelter to those in need.

The warming centre was at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Oliver. It was volunteer-run through the Oliver Missions Society.

Over those days, volunteers had around 12 people for hot meals and seven were provided shelter while nighttime temperatures hovered around -20 C.

“We also helped seniors who through the frigged temperatures could not access stores so we provided food for them. We also assisted people in trailers with frozen pipes,” said Jo Tanner, one of the volunteer organizers.

“It has been a long 12 days and we did two rounds of the warming center so our crew is getting some much-deserved rest,” she said.

Tanner thanked all who supported them with food, blankets and coats.

If there is another deep freeze, the warming centre will re-open at the church.

In Penticton, the Victory Church shelter added more beds during the cold snap but also closed the emergency shelter portion of the housing.

READ MORE: Beds added as nighttime temps down to -20 C for those experiencing homelessness

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