“I would not be alive if I didn’t have a place to stay right now,” said Vince Bajer, a sobering admission from someone who is experiencing homelessness in Kelowna.

Bejar is staying at the former Daily Courier newspaper building, which has been transformed into a winter shelter.

“I hear there’s more room available for people, I’m just thankful I have a place to stay right now,” Bajer said.