Vernon, B.C. Turning Points Collaborative Society has relocated all clients into alternative accommodations following Sunday night’s small electrical fire at the Emergency Response Centre for people experiencing homelessness.

The clients were able to move immediately into alternative accommodations.

A preexisting arrangement with local business owners, and support from BC Housing, allowed for some of the displaced ERC clients to move into vacant hotel and motel rooms, while a strong partnership with the City of Vernon allowed for the creation of an emergency temporary shelter on City of Vernon-owned property, at the Creekside Conference Centre.

“The folks accessing the Emergency Response Centre rely on Turning Points’ services and programs for a sense of safety and security. But, they are also fighters and I have no doubt that they will continue to be fighters through this difficult experience,” explained Turning Points Collaborative Society Executive Director, Randene Wejr.

Along with our community partners, we will continue to work closely with our clients to minimize any potential trauma from this experience. It should be noted, our incredible staff have adapted its practices to ensure clients still have unimpeded access to Turning Points programs and services during this time.

It is unclear when the Emergency Response Centre will reopen; Vernon Fire Rescue Services and Turning Points Collaborative Society are still assessing the damage and investigating the cause.

However, we remain optimistic that these measures will be temporary and that clients and staff will be back at the ERC soon, once the damage has been fixed it is safe to return.

Turning Points Collaborative Society will provide more information as it becomes available.