Salvation Army needs help as number of refugees in need keeps climbing

In News by MIIC

Salvation Army’s Major Rob Kerr says the asylum seekers are always kind and grateful to have a place to sleep. (Tyson Koschik/CBC

Winnipeg’s Salvation Army is looking for funding after tripling the number of asylum seekers being housed there.

Last month, the organization opened up 30 beds at the Booth Centre and 30 at their family shelter to temporarily house those who had crossed the border near Emerson and needed a place to stay.

Major Rob Kerr said last weekend they were at maximum capacity, accommodating 90 asylum seekers.

“At 90, we’ve realized as far as we can go without compromising any of our other services,” he said, referencing the services provided to the city’s homeless.

On Thursday, 80 claimants were staying at the Salvation Army. Since mid-February, the centre has housed 120 claimants and served 4,000 meals, Kerr said.

“Obviously we don’t want to turn anybody away, we don’t want to see anybody on the street, but it’s a very different situation for us now at 90 than it was at 30,” he said.

News Source: