2015 Chamber Award Winner




Thunder Bay, ON, April 16, 2015 – Shelter House Thunder Bay was the proud recipient of the Not for Profit Excellence Award from the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce at the 2015 Business Awards Gala.

Shelter House was nominated by Juanita Lawson of Norwest Community Health Centres, one of many partner agencies. Juanita recognized the hard work and commitment of the staff of Shelter House to uphold the values of the organization. The organization was thrilled by the nomination and humbled to win the award!

The ability for Shelter House to offer dedicated and innovative service 24 hours daily is due to the dedication and hard work of the Board of Directors, staff members and the many volunteers who give generously of their time.

Shelter House Thunder Bay is the largest homeless shelter in Northwestern Ontario, sleeping 77 people nightly and feeding on average, 500 meals a day. Along with the mandated services Shelter House recently added the Street Outreach Services Program, which runs 12 hours a day, seven days a week.

While striving to serve all those in need with dignity and respect, Shelter House offers a safe, warm place with trustworthy, compassionate staff. We are also unique in our ability to serve people who use substances and are intoxicated. This challenging work reflects our belief that all people deserve shelter, regardless of their circumstances. The services we offer are focused on improving the health and safety of those we serve, and the community at large.

Partnerships are integral to the success of Shelter House programming. Norwest Community Health Centres offer much needed medical care on site, including foot care services on a monthly basis. We also are grateful for relationships with The Thunder Bay District Health Unit Superior Points and Street Nursing program, Thunder Bay Police Service and Superior North Emergency Medical Services, to name a few.

Shelter House thanks everyone who contributes to our organization and to improving the lives of people living in poverty. We are encouraged by this recognition and committed to remaining a trusted partner in improving the social fabric of our community.