Some changes are on the way for the only men’s shelter in Muskoka. The Table Soup Kitchen has announced its eight bed shelter, which opened just over a year ago, is shutting its doors this month to reduce costs. This comes after the foundation was trying to raise $275,000 by the end of 2017 in order to keep the shelter open.

However, the space is going to be put to use, as The Table Men’s Hostel will be opening up in its place. President Heather Berg says donations from hostel guests will put the foundation in a better place to be able to return to a men’s shelter model in the future. She says the hostel rates will be flexible, and emergency help will still be available based on individual needs. The changes are expected to be made this month.

Berg says it was costing around $13,000 every month to run the men’s shelter, which doesn’t include things like the lease, insurance or office costs. She says that only covers food, staffing and programming costs.

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