New executive director at helm of Out of the Cold

The Kamloops Out Of The Cold Shelter is still looking for a place to call home with a new executive director leading the search.

Dina Lambright joined the shelter in April.

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And while they don’t currently have any leads on a new location, Lambright is hoping to be able to once again provide an Out Of The Heat shelter during the sweltering summer months.

“I’m really hoping we can get some funding rolling,” she said.

“Even if I can do one out of the heat and provide some food and shelter for folks.”

Though the COVID-19 pandemic has kept her mostly working remotely and focused on more administrative tasks, Lambright has been busy incorporating Out Of The Cold as its own society and applying for funding.

Lambright said close to 50 per cent of those using Out Of The Cold services are First Nations.

“My funding proposals have been primarily focused on ensuring that what we’re offering has a traditional and cultural context to it,” she said.

“We can provide food but are we providing something a little more traditional so that folks can ground themselves in their own culture.”

Lambright said the shelter may need to turn to co-locating with other local organizations in order to solve its problem finding a home.

Until then, she’ll continue to search for funding, connect with the community, and work alongside a board of directors that she describes as passionate and lovely.

If you have a tip on a prospective location or would like to find out more about how you can help the Out Of The Cold Shelter you can contact Dina Lambright at ootcexecutivedirector@gmail.com.

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