When an extreme cold warning is issued by Environment Canada, the Lighthouse Soup Kitchen and Shelter in Orillia shifts into a 24/7 operation.
Executive Director Linda Goodall says they are generally not open round-the-clock but when weather conditions become dangerous, the shelter will open its doors to anyone looking to keep warm.
People can come in, stay as long as they want and get a warm cup of coffee.
During extreme cold events, the Lighthouse continues with its daily soup kitchen and other routines.
The shelter can accomodate 14 beds, for men only.
Goodall says people experiencing homelessness are very resourceful when it is bitterly cold.
They don't have large numbers of people coming through looking for warmth.
She says the shelter will try to help people find places to stay, but many will find a friend's couch.