We are very lucky to live in a country with such strong volunteer culture. Statistics Canada shows that in 2013, 12.7 million people (44% of Canadians aged 15 and over) volunteered their time and contributed almost 1.95 billion hours.  This is an incredible amount of time dedicated to different causes. There are thousands of non-profit organizations that not only are open to […]

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Whether you help to serve dinner on a weeknight or do an activity with our young guests on Sunday afternoons, you as an Inn from the Cold volunteer play an integral part in the work we do. Have you ever wondered – what else can I do to advocate for those experiencing homelessness? In honour of National Volunteer Week, we wanted […]

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Understanding Mothers experiencing homelessness Dr. Katrina Milaney worked with Inn from the Cold, the Calgary Homeless Foundation and the YWCA to research and further understand the unique experience of homeless mothers in our city. Please click below to read this important research paper which gives an in-depth overview of the pathways into homelessness, the barriers to achieving stability, their experiences […]

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In 2015, a committee of representatives from 26 homeless serving agencies, government, and other community stakeholders came together to consider ways of collaboratively responding to the complex healthcare and housing needs of homeless individuals in Calgary. The shared goal of this committee is the improvement of health outcomes and housing supports for the city’s most vulnerable homeless individuals. Download the […]

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Please welcome our new Executive Director, Abe Brown As we enter into our 20th year of serving homeless children and their families in Calgary, we want to extend our sincere gratitude for all of your support over the years. Inn from the Cold’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce Abe Brown as the organization’s Executive Director, effective January 9th. […]

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Designation let’s donors know their dollars make the maximum impact Inn from the Cold, the Calgary Food Bank, Children’s Cottage Society and Fresh Start Recovery Centre were recently chosen by Charity Intelligence (CI) to be a part of their 2016 Canadian Charity Impact Fund (CCIF). The CCIF provides donors with confidence that their generosity will make a significant difference in […]

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Inn from the Cold Celebrates 20 years of providing Shelter, Sanctuary and Healing in 2017. 20 years ago, Inn from the Cold was born out of the kindness, love and compassion for those in need by a small group of concerned Calgarians. In 2017 we forge into our 20th year of supporting homeless children and their families and our quest […]

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Meet Tanya “I’m a firm believer that knowledge is power,” Tanya says about the many certificates hanging around her Journey House apartment, certificates for communication, self-esteem, parenting, and a certificate from U of A, to name a few. “If there’s something that needs to be fixed, and you know more about it, then you know where to begin to fix […]

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Meet Sheila “About a year ago…I started making arrangements to come this way…I wasn’t getting the proper specialists for them out there,” Sheila said as she shared her journey of homelessness. She and her family moved to Calgary from Saskatchewan in August of 2015 in hopes of finding the proper supports for her three special needs children, one of whom […]

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Inn from the Cold is Alberta’s only no barrier Emergency Family Shelter, based in Calgary, Alberta. We have seen an unprecedented growth in the need for our services over the past five years.  Our Emergency Family Shelter has operated at or over capacity more than 90% of the time since 2013. We are hopeful that the federal government’s Let’s Talk […]

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Meet Christopher “There was nothing else I could have done for myself. I was at a point in my life where I needed to ask for help,” Christopher reflects. Christopher and his son found themselves at Inn from the Cold last December, after a year of turmoil. He went from a high paying job, to working an apprenticeship, to being […]

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