Employees of Westoba Credit Union will spend three weeks collecting donations for the Housing First Initiative, which operates an emergency cold-weather shelter in Brandon.
A committee of social service agencies, churches and concerned individuals have worked together to develop the shelter, including the Safe and Warm Committee, Samaritan House and Helping Hands.
For 2014, Helping Hands has offered space for the overnight shelter, but they still need to pay security in order to offer a safe environment.
Westoba has committed to both donating to this vital cause and raising funds in its Brandon locations.
Starting Jan. 20 and running through Feb. 7, Westoba Credit Union employees will be doing two Jeans Days for charity, as well as canvassing members for donations to the cause. Each Brandon branch will recognize those who donate on a donation wall.
The total cost for shelter this winter season is estimated at $50,000, and there is currently no source of government funding for this service to be provided on an ongoing basis.
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