Nelson has a number of services for those in need and many of you may not know how much help there is.
So if you are in need there are services such as the church food cupboards supplying food to help you through difficult times.
The United Church on Silica/Josephine Street is open Monday and Wednesdays from 9 am to 1 pm. The Anglican Church on Silica/Ward Street is open Friday from 9 am to 11 am. The Salvation Army located at 601 Vernon Street has a food cupboard and meal served Monday through to Thursdays from 10 am till 1 pm, when you can even get your cloths washed if need be. They do offer emergency help and even a child’s lunch program and such that one really should inquire.
Other places for meals are hosted by Our Daily Bread at the Christian Fellowship at 520 Falls Street from Monday through to Friday at noon and at the Cottonwood Falls Park on Sunday at noon, but not through the winter months.
There are services for women at the Nelson and District Woman’s Center, 420 Mills Street and is open Tuesday to Thursday from 10 am to 4 pm that also has a food cupboard along with toiletry needs. They also are offering programs in support of women’s development along with counseling if in a crisis offering emergency housing.
For seniors there are many, many services through the Nelson and District Seniors Coordinating Society located at 719 Vernon Street. They have Meals on Wheels, Home Help Services and Grocery Runs Bus to begin with. They have the Good Neighborhood Community Mediation Program which offers free mediation to anyone in the Nelson area.
Then there is Stepping Stones at 816 Vernon Street. It is a place that offers housing for locals with respect to your crisis towards developing your independent security; that’s finding a job and place to live. For those from out of town, they have a one night emergency shelter program only.
There is a main resource center called CARES, which is a society that hosts The Advocacy Center which offers scheduled appointments and programs/services available in brochures and booklets. They are located on 521 Vernon Street and also offer services/programs for seniors on line www.kootenayseniors.com. I took it upon myself to visit these places and talked with the volunteers. It was congenially pleasant to see the compassion; food in good company of those who care. I hope this information has been helpful to those in need. It’s nice to know there is so much free help in Nelson.