Main Street Project temporarily moves overnight shelter
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Main Street Project’s overnight shelter for those experiencing homelessness has itself become temporarily homeless due to a broken sewage pipe.
The downtown Winnipeg charity said in a statement Friday its shelter services at 637 Main St. has been closed since March 30 because of the collapse of a major sewage pipe under Logan Avenue.
“We are working diligently to get the pipe repaired ASAP and have put some temporary measures in place to ensure that people have a safe place to go,” the statement says. “Unfortunately, at this time, we aren’t able to offer daytime sleep or drop-in services beyond door service.”
The organization continues offering regular day services at the front door, including pick up of mail, harm reduction supplies, clothing, and a small number of sandwiches and granola bars for those asking for food.
Clients seeking overnight space are being redirected to Salvation Army Weetamah. The Christian charity is allowing Main Street Project staff to temporarily take over its gymnasium to run its overnight shelter and sleep services.
The Main Street Project says anyone in need of a place to sleep overnight can go to 324 Logan Ave., starting at about 5:30 p.m., where they will be served a meal at about 7 p.m.
Salvation Army Lieut. Brian Dueck said the organization is happy to lend a hand.
“We are not running it; they have their own staff,” Dueck said. “We are providing the space for them.
“We’re all serving the same people and we all help the beautiful people in this city. Any way we can support each other is the way to go.”
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