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.
Our vision, mission, and core values
A community where no child or family is homeless
Inn from the Cold offers shelter, sanctuary, and healing to assist homeless children and their families achieve independence.
We demonstrate kindness, caring, and a genuine motivation to help.
We are brave and bold and stand strong in our representation for families in this community.
We honour and acknowledge the rights, differences, and humanity of all.
We hold ourselves and others in high regard and demonstrate this through our attitudes and behaviours.
We do what we say and we conduct ourselves with integrity and openness.
We try new things, are open to change, learn from our mistakes, and always strive to do better.
nights of shelter were provided
of our shelter guests were children
nights the shelter was at capacity
family members were served
For every $1 donated
nearly $5 of social and economic value is created for our community.
nutritious meals were served
Meet our leadership team
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Senior Manager, Marketing & Communications
I’ve always wanted to help an organization like Inn from the Cold amplify the good it does through storytelling, strategic communications and stakeholder relationship management. I’m now in the position to do just that and I welcome the challenges. It’s very rewarding to come to work each day and with the rest of the dedicated employees at the Inn, work towards helping Calgary families have a place to call home.
Board of directors
“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
Help for families
Is your family facing homelessness? Get help with finding affordable housing, access to social support services, and temporary emergency shelter if needed.