You can make a difference for a family in Calgary this holiday season.
Give homeless children and families the gift of home this holiday season.
We are asking Calgarians to make a donation this holiday season to help raise $2,000,000 to help cover costs incurred by the increased demand for emergency shelter services in 2018. Our Emergency Family Shelter has been full or we have had to open our overflow shelter 89% of this year. This is a trend that we are on a mission to change.
This holiday season we need community to come together for children and families who find themselves in crisis. You have the power to be the good in a child’s world, help make this a very special holiday for a family experiencing homelessness.
Family Homelessness in Calgary
Children and their families are the fastest growing demographic impacted by homelessness and typically spend twice as long in shelters than singles. In 2017, 57% of our guests were single mothers, with an overwhelming prevalence of children at 60%. According to the Calgary Homeless Foundation, there are approximately 200 homeless families in Calgary and in 2017, we had 33,560 bed stays in our Emergency Family Shelter. The City of Calgary’s recent report on Housing Supply in Calgary underscores the need for an increase in the supply of affordable housing, with numbers in Calgary being only 3.6% as compared to the national average of 6%. Homeless families have unique needs which include larger units of 2 or more bedrooms, access to community resources and transportation and customized programming to meet their specific needs.
Your dollar can make all the difference
“70% of Inn from the Cold’s funding comes from the generosity of Calgarians. We are always so encouraged by the support we receive from our community, but with the number of families seeking support rising month after month, we now asking Calgarians to collectivize and support us as we help families exit homelessness and move into housing this holiday season.”
– LOUISE GALLAGHER, INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR