Coffee cards aiming to help out Stepping Stones clients are available for purchase at Waits News.

Coffee card campaign — Helping emergency shelter patrons

A simple coffee and a muffin goes a long way to warming a heart and filling a belly first thing on a cold winter’s morning.

A simple coffee and a muffin goes a long way to warming a heart and filling a belly first thing on a cold winter’s morning.

Available for purchase at Waits News are $5 coffee cards aiming to help people who are leaving the Stepping Stones emergency shelter early in the morning.

“Often people want to make a donation to the shelter but they don’t know how,” says Marjie Hills, supervisor at Stepping Stones.

“These are only $5 and now is the time of year our clients can really use them.”

Stepping Stones for Success is an emergency shelter for those who find themselves without safe housing in the West Kootenay area.

There are 17 beds available in five bedrooms with a common room, kitchen, laundry and shared washroom facilities.

During the winter months from December 1 to March 31, Stepping Stones offers an Emergency Weather Response program with five additional beds to help at a time when they are often at full capacity.

But Hills says this year, there’s been a reduction of hours that Stepping Stones can operate this program.

“Clients needing to access this service will only be able to come in from the cold at 11:30 p.m. and must exit by 6:30 a.m.,” she says. “This is an early time to be out on the street.”

There are very few businesses open at that time of the morning however, Waits News has its doors open bright and early.

Owner Mari Plamondon has been kind enough to make up “Coffee Cards” for Stepping Stones staff to issue out to clients needing to leave the shelter early in the morning.

The shop owner was eager to come on board saying everyone needs to be treated with respect, care and consideration.

“I think that it’s very important to us that we break that barrier of them and us,” she says. “Anytime we can help people who may be marginalized, it’s the right thing to do.”

These cards give people a warm place to go when there may be no other option available to them. Each $5 card gives folks two cups of coffee or one cup of coffee and a muffin with a coffee refill.

Stepping Stones employs 23 people, both full and part-time who provide 24/7 care.

 

Just Posted

Bernie Brown campaigning to be Nelson’s mayor

Brown says affordable housing, mental health and food security are her priorities

COLUMN: A selection of local election reflections

Observations on West Kootenay/Boundary election races following Friday’s close of nominations

Cougar sightings increase in Nelson area

WildSafe BC’s Dave White offers advice on avoiding confrontations

UPDATED: Trafalgar student hit by car while walking to school

Nelson Police say charges are being considered

Expedia: Nelson is historic and hoppin’

The travel website put Nelson on two best-of lists for its history and beer

VIDEO: Lydia Kania is here to skunk you

The Vallican track athlete has turned to cribbage in her senior years

Permit to give B.C. deer birth control on hold until consultation with First Nations

Complexity of consultation will depend on level of First Nations support for the project

Feds launching review of oil tanker traffic in bid to renew pipeline approval

The feds have ordered the National Energy Board to bring recommendations on whether pipeline expansion should proceed

Horvat leads Canucks to 4-3 shootout victory over Kings

Vancouver dumps L.A. in NHL pre-season contest

Update: Search called off for missing plane between Edmonton and Chilliwack

Search efforts were concentrated along the Highway 5 corridor between Valemount and Kamloops

Why Whistler for ski jumping in 2026? Calgary proposal gets pushback

Calgary 2026 proposes re-using the 2010 ski jumping venue Whistler for that sport and nordic

Despite progress, threat of 232 tariffs dominates NAFTA negotiations

Any deal is seen to require congressional approval before Dec. 1 to survive new Mexican government

VIDEO: Hundreds line highway as family brings home body of B.C. teen

Northern B.C. showed their support by lining Hwy 16 as Jessica Patrick’s body returned to Smithers.

B.C. MP Todd Doherty receives award for saving man who collapsed on a plane

Conservative MP was flying from Vancouver to Prince George, B.C., in June last year

Most Read