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  • Yukon Christmas

    Yukon Housing Centre staff with a few of the gifts that were donated and wrapped by volunteers.

  • Mighty Mouse

    Former Olympian Elaine Tanner and husband John Watt were at the Yukon Housing Centre with Lookout Executive Director Shayne Williams to present a special gift to Yukon tenant Lily after she gave her Christmas Wish to another tenant. Elaine, who won three medals swimming in the 1968 Olympics, and John gave Lily $100 to go towards a laptop computer. The remaining funds to buy the laptop were donated by Lookout staff.

  • Shayne with mop

    Lookout Society staff gave the workers at the Squamish Helping Hands Shelter a much needed break last week by working a four-hour shift. Executive Director Shayne Williams (above) and directors Darin Froese, Megan Baillie and Wes Everaas worked at the Squamish shelter so all Helping Hands staff could enjoy a Christmas party together.

  • VanCity

    VanCity Savings Credit Union presented the Yukon Housing Centre with $1,500 to purchase an audio system to be used for the weekly talent night.

  • blankets

    Phil Calla from Alliance Apparel (right) and son Austin visited the Lookout Society to make a donation of fleece blankets. Lookout Society's Director of Development Wes Everaars (middle) accepted the blankets that went Lookout clients at Christmas.

  • Decorations

    A North Shore shelter staffer decorates dining room tables in advance of the Christmas Day festivities. "I did it last year. It made a difference to people staying here," she said.

  • Megan

    Lookout Society staff gave the workers at the Squamish Helping Hands Shelter a much needed break last week by working a four-hour shift. Executive Director Shayne Williams and directors Darin Froese, Megan Baillie (above) and Wes Everaas worked at the Squamish shelter so all Helping Hands staff could enjoy a Christmas party together.

  • Santa Shayne

    Paul Harmon, acting Manager of the North Shore Housing Centre, played Santa at the Dundarave Festival of Lights.

  • Markwick

    Michael and Mary Markwick are the organizers behind the highly successful Dundarave Festival of Lights. Funds raised from the festival benefit the North Shore Shelter and Housing Centre.

  • Caroling

    Lookout Society Executive Director Shayne Williams and staff started a Christmas tradition, caroling at the society's downtown buildings.

  • Frontier

    A photo from Christmas dinner being shared at the Lookout Society's Foundation House in Surrey.

  • Wes

    Lookout Society staff gave the workers at the Squamish Helping Hands Shelter a much needed break last week by working a four-hour shift. Executive Director Shayne Williams and directors Darin Froese, Megan Baillie and Wes Everaas (above) worked at the Squamish shelter so all Helping Hands staff could enjoy a Christmas party together.

  • Dog Sweaters

    Just prior to Christmas members of the SPCA dropped off pet food and toys for Lookout Society shelter guests and tenants.

  • NS Gifts

    North Shore staffers hold up some of the gifts that were donated by the community.

  • Darin

    Lookout Society staff gave the workers at the Squamish Helping Hands Shelter a much needed break last week by working a four-hour shift. Executive Director Shayne Williams and directors Darin Froese (above), Megan Baillie and Wes Everaas worked at the Squamish shelter so all Helping Hands staff could enjoy a Christmas party together.

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Extreme Weather Shelters

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The Extreme Weather Response program enables communities to temporarily increase the number of emergency shelter beds during extreme weather conditions that threaten the safety and health of homeless individuals and families when the existing shelter beds are full. Lookout increases the number of beds during the worst weather of the year. In 2012-13 the Lookout Society operated extreme weather shelters on the North Shore, in New Westminster and Burnaby.

• The North Shore Shelter has 20 mats available during the worst winter weather, with 25 additional mats at the North Shore Neighbourhood House if required for overflow. In 2012-2013 the primary facility opened for 367 bednights used by men 333 times, women 40 times and 4 times by transgender (we do not have unique clients data for this one); 12 volunteers who spent 33 hours of their time.

• The Burnaby Extreme Weather program opened for 325 bednights utilized by men 293 times and 32 times by women.

• The basement of the Cliff Block was used for the New Westminster extreme weather shelter, offering 30 spaces to adult men and women. The program provided 830 bednights utilized 753 times by men and 77 times by women.

In Surrey, 30 beds are available for extreme weather.  Lookout's Positive Haven turns into extreme weather shelter with 10 beds.  We also partner with a community church in Guildford to open 20 additional beds when needed.