An artist's rendering of the planned Bill Reid Memorial Shelter.

Bill Reid Memorial Shelter on its way

Cloverdale will be the site of new homeless facility, which will include 16 shelter and 12 transition beds.

A new homeless shelter is on the way for Cloverdale.

The Surrey Homelessness and Housing Society has kicked off a fund raising drive for the Bill Reid Memorial Shelter, which will include 16 shelter beds and 12 transition beds when complete.

The shelter has been planned for some time, but fundraising and the official name for the shelter were just unveiled this week.

The SHHS plans to raise $300,000 and will name the facility after the late Bill Reid.

Those funds are going toward a $4 million facility, paid for largely by B.C. Housing.

“This $300,000 is really showing the community’s commitment to the project,” said Surrey Coun. Vera LeFranc. She estimates the project is a year out before beginning the build. “I would think 2017, probably spring.”

There’s little question among people behind the project, that it should be named after Reid (pictured left), also known as “Mr. Cloverdale.”

He was an immense supporter of the project and the homeless in general.

Reid initially supported the creation of the existing 10-bed shelter south of Highway 10, near 176 Street. It is now unable to meet demand and the SHHS is planning to create the new space adjacent to the current building.

Unique features include the ability to bring animals to the facility.

Many homeless refuse to come in out of the cold because they can’t bring their dog with them.

Pets are hugely important to many homeless who struggle with social isolation. In some instances, their dog is their best friend.

The new home being built includes pet-friendly space, which will allow Options, which will operate the shelter, to help more individuals, and in a compassionate manner.

The shelter will also operate as a farm.

The idea is to provide a positive work experience to break the cycle they’ve fallen into and enjoy the feeling of contributing.

The shelter will provide volunteer opportunities using a  farming concept geared towards helping residents reestablish their life, work and social skills.

It’s hoped the gardening will provide benefits to those dealing with trauma, mental health issues or physical barriers.

Options plans to establish links with Kwantlen Polytechic University, and with local nurseries and greenhouses.

In the future, the farm may even generate revenue from gardening that can help offset operating costs and a portion of the food will be given to local food banks.

For more information or to donate, go to http://surreyhomeless.ca/bill-reid-memorial-shelter/

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Sunny skies expected across Lower Mainland this week

After weeks of rain and smoke, Environment Canada forecasts clear skies and steady warm temperatures

Senior White Rock election worker not concerned about safety at the polls

‘Casting your vote will be like getting a take out coffee,’ says Elections BC CEO

White Rock exhibit designed to ignite passion for the arts

Surrey Artswest Showcase to include semi-private lessons

Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Sept. 27 to Oct. 3

World Farm Animals Day, Drink Beer Day and Virus Appreciation Day are all coming up this week

Surrey denturist goes mobile

Dr. Sarwar Sarwari, of True Fit Denture Centre, has had the van up and running for a month

QUIZ: Do you know what’s on TV?

Fall is normally the time when new television shows are released

A (virtual) walk around the world by 88-year-old B.C. man

George Doi says it’s simple: ‘I like walking’

End of CERB means uncertainty for some, new system for others

As of a week ago, the CERB had paid out $79.3 billion to 8.8 million people

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Horgan, Wilkinson trade barbs over MSP premiums, health care at campaign stops

Horgan called a snap election for Oct. 24 earlier this week

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

VIDEO: COVID won’t dampen Lower Mainland woman’s Halloween spirit

Langley’s Tanya Reid posted video offering suggestions of how trick-or-treating might look for her

PHOTOS: 2nd calf in a month confirmed among Southern Resident killer whale pod

Center for Whale Research said they will eagerly await to observe the calf to evaluate its health

Most Read