Staff and volunteers of a Winnipeg organization have run out of ideas as they deal with the meth crisis first hand.
"I don't know what is going to happen," explained Lynda Trono, community minister at West Broadway Community Ministry. " It is putting a strain on us. We are trying to do our best to love people who are not always able to receive that."
On a typical day, the West Broadway Community Ministry will serve lunch to about 100 people, and offer a number of other programs and emergency food services to those in need.
Recently they have seen an increase in the amount of people looking for a place to sleep after being on a meth high all night.
"Two months ago we received some comfortable sleeping mats from our umbrella organization 1JustCity. Since that day, those mats have been full of sleeping bodies from 9:00 in the morning until 3 in the afternoon," said Trono.
She says they are trying to provide a soft place to land for people who are having a really hard time in life, but may of those are taking meth to ward of the effects homelessness.
"If you have to walk all night, it is easier to do it if you're on meth, it is easier to stay warm," said Trono.
According to staff at the West Broadway Community Ministry, things have been getting progressively worse over the past year. They say their days have become a little more unpredictable and there is a sense of discomfort between their clients, staff and volunteers.
Trono says the problem can't be solved with more food or money, rather the government needs to step up.
"The city needs to take responsibility for this, said Trono. "In other cities where the mayor has become a champion of those living in poverty, things have changed radically for people who are poor."
For now, the West Broadway Community Ministry will continue to open their doors to those looking for a place to rest.