About Us

Our vision is to build a community where no child or family is homeless. That’s why we offer a wide range of life-changing programs to help children and their families experiencing homelessness find housing and achieve long term independence.

In everything we do, we strive to be a leading example of compassion, courage, inclusivity, respect, accountability, and innovation.

In 1997, Inn from the Cold was started by a small group of passionate Calgarians who were determined to change the lives of individuals experiencing homelessness.

From the beginning, kindness, love, and compassion have been at the heart of everything we do—and that hasn’t changed in over two decades.

What started as a small shelter program has grown to become Alberta’s largest family homeless-serving agency, providing assistance to thousands of children and their families each year.

We provide emergency shelter, affordable and supportive housing, and prevention and diversion support.

We work collaboratively with many other agencies in Calgary and Alberta and take a systems approach in finding solutions for families experiencing homelessness.

With your help, we can change the lives of many more children and families who are experiencing homelessness.

Where Your Donations Go

Our doors are open 24 hours, 7 days a week—and it wouldn't be possible without our incredible community of donors. People just like you.

85%

of your donation directly supports our life-changing programs


15%

helps keep the organization running

As one of Canada’s top-rated charities (Charity Intelligence Canada), you can feel confident knowing we manage your financial contribution responsibly, ensuring you make an impact.

In 2018...

84

families were housed

54%

of our shelter guests were children

40,119

shelter bed stays were provided

1107

family members were served

For every $1 donated

nearly $5 of social and economic value is created for our community.

120,357

nutritious meals were served

Meet our Leadership Team

Heather Morley

Executive Director

I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to lead the team at Inn from the Cold. The focus of my career has always been on supporting families through crisis to stability. I hold an unwavering belief in the power of possibility, and I am committed to creating the conditions needed for every family who walks through the doors at Inn from the Cold to thrive.

Carol McQuade

Director, Finance and Operations

My parents were huge supporters of people in need and community. If they thought they could help someone they did. Growing up in that environment had a positive impact on me. As part of the Leadership Team at Inn from the Cold, I look forward to working together to end family homelessness. A tall task, but I strongly believe it’s do-able. That goal gets me up and heading to work every day!

Jose Guillen

Director, External Relations

I consider it a privilege to work at Inn from the Cold, contributing to ending child and family homelessness and to help our guests and clients thrive in the community. Together with a team of talented individuals, I am committed to increasing the financial resources that are essential to delivering programs and services, to increase awareness surrounding the realities of homelessness and to support the numerous volunteers who generously donate their time and talent.

Raymond Bwititi

Senior Manager, Housing

I wake up and come to work every day because I want to make a difference. I want to contribute to change in my life and other peoples’ lives. My favourite part of my job is seeing children’s faces light up when they see their new home, and in that I feel it’s my duty or mission to make things better for the kids and families we serve.

Valerie Tkacik

Senior Manager, Shelter

I have always had a strong desire to work in areas that provide service to others. The majority of my work and volunteer experiences have been working with women and families who are impacted with a crisis at times in their lives and having the privilege to witness their growth and moving on to a place of thriving. It is awesome to see the strength in others and I see this at Inn from the Cold with the guests and staff.

Board of Directors

Munaf Mohamed

Chair

Hsiu-Yan Chan

Past Chair

Genevieve Groulx

Treasurer

Max Chan

Secretary

Ian Anderson

Director

Cynthia Bird

Director

Gary Clarke

Director

Leela Domingo

Director

Jason Ennis

Director

“Somehow saying “thank you” doesn’t seem like enough. But we hope you know how much your kindness has meant to us. You came into the picture when hope was lost and you rekindled the light. For this we say thank you in our own humble way...for all the support, integration and resettlement into the great nation of Canada.”

– Letter from a family in Journey House 2

We are here to help!

If your family needs safe shelter or affordable housing, please get in touch with us today! We are here to help your family achieve self-sufficiency to build a bright future.