People who have no where to seek warmth, rest, or safety during the day now have a place to visit in Edmonton.
As of Wednesday, Hope Mission has 50 beds available for using during daytime hours.
Melanie Fafard spoke to Global News about her own experiences on the street and she said this will help a lot of people.
“In the winter times we had to find places to sleep. Me? I used to stay in the laundry rooms, I used to stay over at the churches, you know, like on their doorsteps. It was harsh,” said Fafard.
“I was so excited when I first got my place. I was just like, ‘Yes! I finally get my own place,” and it was like a big weight that finally lifted off my shoulder and then I said, ‘okay, let’s start working on me now. I want to be the positiveness,” and I’ve changed so much.”
Fafard said for others it’s not only an opportunity to get your life in order, but it’s a chance to get healthy.
“There’s a lot of people who are sick on the street. The Flu, you got, any kind of disease like diabetes, there’s a lot of people that are epileptic. I’ve seen a lot of people have seizures on the street and we’d have to flip them over on the side and then call the ambulance.”
Hope Mission plans to open more beds at a later date.
(djs)(With files from Global Edmonton)