Veronica's Veil Overnight Shelter for Men

Located at 260 Brock Street in Kingston, Ontario, Veronica’s Veil Overnight Warming Centre for Men is open from 9pm until 8am. Staffed with generous volunteers who fill in four hour time slots, the centre is open seven nights a week until April 30th, 2024. Light snacks, warm beverages, hot showers, and a cots are assigned for up to twelve men seeking shelter from the cold. Volunteers are staffed in the centre to watch over and address any issues or concerns that may arise from our guests.

On the evening of January 2nd, 2024 just after New Year’s, St. Mary’s Cathedral re-opened the Veronica’s Veil Overnight Shelter for Men for a second year in a row with space for twelve men who are experiencing homelessness.

Located in the St. Mary’s Parish Centre at 260 Brock Street here in Kingston, Ontario, the Overnight Shelter cots, dividers, bedding, snacks, light meals, and warm beverages are laid out by loving and generous men and women volunteers who have prayerfully answered to the words of Christ in Matthew 25:40.

“Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”

Open from 9pm until 8am seven days a week until April 30th, 2024, men are welcomed with a smile and a friendly hello before being assigned a personal cot space that contains a single cot, a pillow, a blanket, sheets, and room for their personal belongings. Hooks attached to the wooden beans of the dividers allow for wet jackets to hang and dry before the early morning hours. A large wooden cross hangs on the far wall keeping watch over all who sleep under it’s beams and those who stay awake on shift.

Granola bars, fruit, hot drinks, oatmeal and a hot shower are offered to all with clean towels before the daily tasks of cleaning up, laundry, and the re-organizing of tables and chairs to put the drop in centre back in order.

While one is working away cleaning, tying a bag of garbage for the skip, or starting the hours long laundry process, one can not help but recite from Isaiah 25:4 giving thanks to God for all this to be made possible.

“For you have been a refuge to the poor, a refuge to the needy in their distress, a shelter from the rainstorm and a shade from the heat.”


How You Can Help –
1. Volunteer your time.
2. Personally pray for those men who come to use the Overnight Shelter and for the volunteers.
3. Spread the word/share our Facebook posts about Veronica’s Veil Overnight Shelter and the good work they do for men experiencing homelessness and poverty.
4. Donate packaged cookies, instant oatmeal, fruit, coffee, hot chocolate, sugar, creamer, laundry pods, and dryer sheets.
5. Make a donation through Canada Helps:…/campaign/dropincentre/
6. Or simply e-transfer with Veronica’s Veil in the memo.
7. Submit a Mass Intention for the men who use the Shelter and for the volunteers.


Contact: Ann Lyng

613-572-4892 or