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Risebridge is proud to announce that we will be opening our doors for a warming center in Nanaimo again for this winter season. It will be our third season running this successful and life-saving program. 

Warm Reach - a low barrier, daily drop-in safe space for connection - will open November 14th-March 31st

520 Prideaux Street 

9AM-4PM DAILY, including holidays



This season marks our 3rd year running this much needed program in our community. In 2021 when SEIA closed, we banded together with our community and started serving coffee and handing our survival supplies on the streets of downtown Nanaimo. We quickly partnered with local community leaders and small business owners to open a space downtown. Last year we hosted the program in our own building on Prideaux.  We are so proud of this incredible program that will once again provide access to basic needs and the resources and connections to address the social determinants of health in our community, especially for the most vulnerable and marginalized.

This program is only possible through the tireless advocacy efforts of our team members, the passion and dedication of our volunteers and the generous donations from our neighbours and community. Thank you for making Warm Reach the wonderful success it is today.


The inside of the warming center; bins of donated clothes, coffee service, a welcoming space to warm up and get connected with inreach services, resources and service navigation.

December 2021

Risebridge team

mebers, our families

and neighbours came 

together to distribute 

hot chocolate and survival supplies


Risebridge provides donations to anyone who needs, for free! We pride ourselves on distributing items equitably and coordinating with other service providers and government agencies to spread much needed basic resources across the mid island area

We give out items directly to the community and do not have storage space so please donate items that are seasonally appropriate and new or in excellent used condition. Check our donation lists below and email us to arrange donations today!


To donate another way click here.


  • socks, undergarments, sports bras, tank tops

  • gloves, toques

  • wool clothing + long underwear

  • waterproof hooded jackets and warm coats sz lg/xlg

  • hoodies, especially men's sizes lg+

  • basic crew neck tees

  • Pants sizes 28-36 

  • Sweatpants and leggings, trackpants

  • seasonally approprirate shoes and boots; mens size 10-15


Walk with a child


  • electronics; phones, chargers, laptops

  • blankets, sleeping bags, tents, sleeping pads

  • tools; drill, plyers, screw driver, duct tape, flashlight, batteries, work gloves

  • bags; backpacks, duffle bags, reusable grocery bags

  • garbage bags, zip locks, rope, bungee cords

  • sewing supplies, patches, glue

  • cutlery (forks and spoons) serving tools

Hygiene + Cleaning

  • First aid including tylenol + advil, antihistamines

  • dish soap

  • laundry soap

  • face + body wipes, kleenex

  • razorsdeodorantbody wash/soap

  • MINI shampoo + conditioners

  • Hair brushes, combs, dryers, clips, ties

  • unused makeup, perfume, skin care

  • bandaids, first aid, herbal remedies, hydrators

  • braces, bandages, canes, reading glasses


  • Arts and craft supplies; nice quality activities/ colouring books

  • Books

  • Musical instruments

  • Prepackaged snacks ; Granola bars, fruit cups, mr noodles & gluten free choices

  • hand warmers, survival blankets, rain ponchos

  • camping supplies; tents, sleeping pads

  • tarps

  • canes and walkers

  • wagons, wheely grocery carts, bikes

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