County of Huron partners with Choices for Change Alcohol, Drug & Gambling Counselling Centre for the Out of the Cold emergency shelter.

October 24, 2022

Huron County, Ontario – The Out of the Cold emergency shelter will reopen for the 2022/23 season on November 15 under the management of Choices for Change. The shelter continues to be located at the Lakeshore United Church in Goderich.

Since 2020, the Out of the Cold emergency shelter has been funded and managed by the County of Huron, and operated with multiple partners including Lakeshore United Church.  This change in management means that the County of Huron will continue to contribute funding and provide support for the shelter, while Choices for Change will manage the shelter’s day-to-day operations.

“Our team is still significantly and meaningfully involved in the emergency shelter and in multiple other efforts to address and prevent homelessness in Huron County,” said Barbara Hall, Director of Social and Property Services. “We are taking a collaborative approach, which includes a County led Coordinated Access program.  The shelter is just one example of this collaborative effort in action.”

The Heart to Home Stability team, who also form the shelter team, are committed to ongoing work in supporting those who have been housed and those still working towards their housing goals. This team operates from a Housing First perspective and are an important resource in the County’s Coordinated Access Program. The team collaborates with agency partners across the County to help people access housing and ensure their move to a home is safe and secure.

“Our organization is excited about continuing our involvement with this very important service in partnership with the County of Huron.  The guests of the program are managing a number of complex issues and having a safe place to access the necessary supports, can make all the difference.” said Catherine Hardman, Chief Executive Officer, Choices for Change/Resilience Huron Perth

Shelter details:

Opening Date: November 15, 2022
Hours: 7pm – 8 am daily (No admission after 10pm)
Location: Lakeshore United Church, 56 North Street, Goderich (Front Door Entrance)

Learn more:

Learn more about Choices for Change:

Learn more about the many ways the County of Huron is working to prevent and address homelessness in Huron County:

County of Huron
Glen McNeil, Warden
519.524.8394 x3224

Choices for Change
Elise Metcalf, Director of Housing and Congregate Care
519.271.6730 x305


For more information contact:

Glen McNeil, Warden
519.524.8394 (ext 3224)