Mustard Seed hiring 40 staff for Edmonton’s Commonwealth winter shelter and in Wetaskiwin

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The Mustard Seed is looking for 40 new full-time workers to staff temporary 24/7 winter shelters at Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium and in Wetaskiwin.

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The organization is holding a hiring fair Monday from 9 a.m. to 2p.m. at the Mustard Seed’s Community Support Centre, 10568 114 St., NW. Applications can also be submitted on their website . Hope Mission operated the Commonwealth shelter last winter .

Edmonton is set to receive $7.2 million from the provincial government for emergency homeless shelters, expanding the city’s capacity to 1,282 beds.

Another $1.5 million is set aside for the Commonwealth shelter. It’s expected to open early this month with up to 200 beds. An update on the timeline and what services will be offered hasn’t yet been announced.

Wetaskiwin’s shelter is located inside heated portable trailers. It includes toilets and space for 20 sleeping mats spaced six-feet-apart, according to a sponsored article by the Mustard Seed in the Pipestone Flyer.

Provincial shelter funding was announced after advocates and Edmonton Mayor Amarjeet Sohi asked the for help as the city anticipated a 350-bed shortage as the weather turned cold.

The new Mustard Seed staff will work directly with people experiencing homelessness and poverty, helping them access shelters and directing them other Mustard Seed programming and services, according to a Thursday news release.

Homeward Trust Edmonton put the average shelter capacity for November at 96 per cent.

More to come….

– With files from Dustin Cook


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