Boundary Emergency and Transition
"No one deserves to be left in the cold,
7212 Riverside Drive
Extreme Weather Shelter
Guest intake until Midnight
Boundary Emergency & Transition Housing Society (BETHS) is an independent not for profit society created in response to needs identified by the Public Safety Committee Grand Forks. "BETHS" has attained Charitable Organization status with the Canada Revenue Agency and reports annually. It currently operates an Extreme Weather Response (EWR) At 7212 Riverside Drive, Grand Forks, B.C. from November 1 st to March 31 st . Following are some definitions which we trust will enable the reader to understand who we are and what we do.
"BETHS" believes that any individuals who are at risk and are in need of a safe environment are considered homeless. This includes any individual or family who are living in public spaces without legal claim (on the streets, abandoned buildings, in tent cities); a homeless shelter, a public facility or service (hospital, care facility, rehabilitation or treatment centre, correctional facility) and cannot return to a stable residence; or individuals or families who are financially, sexually, physically or emotionally exploited to maintain their shelter.
"BETHS" currently operates an Extreme Weather Shelter. The Shelter is part of our Community Extreme Weather Plan that is activated when adverse weather conditions/environment have the potential to cause or compromise an individual(s) physical, physiological, and/or psychological well-being.
This definition includes one or a combination of the following:
The extreme conditions by definition can cause acute life threatening physical complication(s) and/or compromise existing chronic disease entities
The need for a continuum of housing from homelessness, extreme weather shelter, emergency housing, transitional housing, low income rental and low income home ownership exists in the communities of the Boundary. At the present time, rental housing is provided by private enterprise, low income home ownership is provided by Habitat for Humanity Boundary Society, and an Extreme Weather Shelter is provided by BETHS. Emergency Shelters and Transitional Housing currently exist in our area exclusively for women.
Prior to BETHS, the Boundary Area did not have reasonable access to homeless shelters. The closest homeless shelters were either Nelson or Kelowna. Nelson is 135 Km's away; equivalent to 2 hours travelling time. Kelowna is 203 Km's away; equivalent to 2.30 hours travelling time. Thus every person living in the Boundary Area by definition of homeless was considered a "turn away".
At the time that BETHS was established the Boundary Area had 51 men, 13 women, 20 youth, a 2 parent family with three children and 8 potential single parent families which included 20 children who were considered homeless. During extreme weather conditions these individuals were left to suffer the consequences.
Phase 1: Create and operate an Extreme Weather Response Shelter (EWRS) in Grand Forks prior to winter 2010. Refer to the "Extreme Weather Plan - Grand Forks". This provides short term, day by day shelter for homeless adults, and minors unaccompanied by a legal guardian and or parent, from November 1 until March 31 annually.
Phase 2: To transition the EWRS to a permanent, year round Emergency Shelter for adults, and minors unaccompanied by a legal guardian and or parent in the Boundary area, which will provide intermediate term (up to 30 days) shelter.
Phase 3: To develop and operate Transitional Housing which will provide a safe and decent place to live for those who wish to progress from homelessness. The Transitional Housing program will provide long term (6 months to 2 years) accommodation.