The laundry facilities at Warmland House Shelter are in dire need of an upgrade. Since the shelter opened in 2010, it has limped along on a combination of residential and commercial machines. Funds and budgets are always limited and laundry never seems to be a priority. Add a dramatic increase in shelter use in recent years and the result is that a large portion of the shelter's maintenance budget is literally 'going down the drain'. This is not sustainable and we are reaching out to the community to help us raise funds to replace our existing systems. All donations over $20 will receive a tax receipt.
Warmland's laundry and showers facilities are used daily by those occupying transitional apartments (24), shelter beds (30), extreme weather beds from November-March (another 15) and those that visit the shelter regularly to use facilities including persons living outside, persons marginally housed and persons living in vehicles. This brings in another estimated 30-50 people daily.
So, what are the DAILY (365 days/year) demands on the current laundry system?
- Warmland Houser Shelter:
- 140 towels for residents and homeless client showers
- 30 sets of bedding for shelter clients (sheets and blankets)
- 15 sets of bedding for additional Extreme Weather beds from November through March (sheets and blankets)
- personal laundry of 60+ shelter and other homeless individuals
- personal laundry and bedding for the 24 transitional apartments as needed
- additional laundry generated by kitchen and cleaning staff
- Sobering and Assessment Centre (also located at 2579 Lewis St)
- 12 sets of bedding (sheets and blankets)
- 12 sets of scrubs for SAC clients (when available)
This is the current system that we have in place:
- One 10 year old commercial washing machine
- 3 used residential washing machines
- 3 used residential dryers
When these machines break down, two things happen. If it is the commercial washing machine, it is repaired. If it is one of the residential machines, it is repaired when possible or it is replaced with another used residential machine.
The result is maintenance costs for laundry alone of almost $15,000 in the last two years. This figure does not include the significant staff hours spent keeping this failing system going.
What is needed:
For Shelter use:
- One additional commercial washing machine ($13,500)
- Two commercial dryers ($7,000 each)
- Electrical and plumbing upgrades to support these machines (estimated at $4,000)
- Installation ($1,300)
- Delivery ($700)
For client use:
- 3 new high capacity residential washing machines ($3,000)
- 3 new high capacity residential dryers ($2,000)
Total funds needed:
Please consider making a donation and inviting those in your networks to help upgrade this system that is vital to the community.
Our charitable business number is #13990 5772 RR0001. All donations over $20 are eligible to receive a tax receipt.