Inn from the Cold’s 115 year old Emergency Family Shelter in Calgary’s Beltline just received a colourful face-lift courtesy of Victoria Park Business Improvement Area’s (BIA) Façade Improvement Program (FIP) pilot project. The purpose of the FIP is to provide businesses and property owners with financial incentives to improve the exterior appearances of their buildings or shops. A section of the building’s exterior is now decorated with the vibrant Inn from the Cold brand identity.
“Inn from the Cold is a community agency serving Calgary’s most vulnerable and we were pleased to award them with a FIP for the enjoyment of their guests, staff and the community at large,” comments David Low, Executive Director, Victoria Park BIA.
Inn from the Cold has been operating the Emergency Family Shelter in the Beltline since 2008 where they serve up to 120 homeless children and their families per night. Family homelessness is a growing issue and there are an estimated 200 homeless families in Calgary.
“This contribution from the Victoria Park BIA is so greatly appreciated,” says Abe Brown, Executive Director, Inn from the Cold. “Our 115 year old building is in constant need of upgrades and improvements and this exterior refresh helps make our shelter more welcoming and warm for our guests, staff and volunteers.”