Trinity Community Centre shelter now open for overnight, daily drop-in programs

A church building. The current site of One City Peterborough's Trinity Community Centre.
The exterior of Trinity Community Centre, located at 360 Reid Street (formerly Trinity United Church). Photo by Eddy Sweeney.
Edward Sweeney - CFFF - PeterboroughON | 06-12-2023
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One City Peterborough’s Trinity Community Centre, located at 360 Reid St. (formerly the Trinity United Church), is now open for both its overnight program and daily drop-in program.

The overnight program at Trinity opened on Nov. 28, providing “low-barrier, overnight, accommodation for up to 45 people,” says Auden Palmer, director of outreach services at One City Peterborough. Trinity’s daily drop-in program opened on Dec. 1.

“Anybody can access that program, it is intended to be a community space. There will be other community agencies present in the space, offering things like wound care support, harm reductions supplies. We are hoping to host art drop-ins and things like that,” says Palmer.

The daily drop-in program will have snacks and hot drinks available, but they do not yet offer a hot meal program: Palmer said that they are limited by funding, and by a lack of a commercial kitchen in the space. They are working towards replacing the hot meal program that was previously run by One Roof Community Centre.

Trinity Community Centre’s opening was delayed beyond its predicted opening of Nov. 1, so One City Peterborough has been operating an overnight, overflow shelter at the Peterborough Public Library since the beginning of November. This shelter has been operating at its maximum capacity of nine people every night since its opening, and is no longer in operation now that Trinity’s overnight program has opened.

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