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For the 7th consecutive year, Inn from the Cold’s annual donation-matching fundraiser, Claire’s Campaign, will be returning for the month of May. Claire’s Campaign was launched by Gary Nissen, in honor of his mother Claire. Gary Nissen created the campaign so that vulnerable children were provided with basic necessities and to offer mothers-in-need supports and services to help raise their children. This month, donors are given the opportunity to double the impact of your donation and help sustain quality programs…

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Circles of Hope is taking place on May 1st and we would like to introduce our keynote speaker, Jesse Thistle, in more depth. With his lived experience of overcoming personal adversity—homelessness, addiction, incarceration –and many years of academic research, Jesse is uniquely situated to help us explore social change on numerous levels. Jesse Thistle brings a wealth of knowledge and insight to our event and we hope you’ll join us for a powerful and thought-provoking discussion on the themes of…

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Inn from the Cold’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce Heather Morley as the organization’s Executive Director, effective April 15th. After undergoing an intensive and thorough recruitment and interview process the board and leadership team are thrilled to introduce Heather to our community of supporters. Most recently, Heather has been serving as Vice President of Programs and Services at YWCA of Calgary. She brings with her decades of work in the social services and homeless-serving sectors. Heather has not…

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By: Sarah Robinson My name is Sarah, and recently I had had the opportunity to work as a full time volunteer with Inn from the Cold. In January, I moved from Vancouver Island to Calgary for the Katimavik National Experience. If you are not familiar with Katimavik, it is a youth leadership program, striving to develop young leaders into the next generation of engaged citizens. The program runs for six months, and participants spend three months in both an English…

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The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and everyone has a little extra pep in their step – spring is finally here! This cheery season is the perfect time to give back to those in your community who need it most. Below are five ways you can help homeless children and families in Calgary this spring. Volunteer Volunteering your time and talent is a wonderful way to give back to your community.  Volunteering allows you to be directly involved…

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Tax season is here, and your charitable donations may be eligible for a tax credit!  Below are some important things to know before submitting your 2018 tax return. Your donations needed to be made in 2018 In order to receive a charitable donation receipt for this tax season, your donations needed to be made on or before December 31, 2018. This was sent to you by our Resource Development team at the time of your donation. If you have yet…

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Summary by: Courtenay Boulton Inn from the Cold supports the creation of numerous positive social outcomes for families, including increased safety, wellbeing and hope. These outcomes are created by a combination of temporary emergency shelter and housing programming that helps families stabilize themselves in crisis, regain and retain housing, and prevent future episodes of homelessness. While anecdotal evidence and basic assessment of program efficiency suggest that Inn from the Cold is creating significant value for families and communities, in 2018…

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Claire’s Campaign is back for the 7th year! Claire’s Campaign is Inn from the Cold’s annual matching campaign that runs throughout the month of May in honor of the special women in our lives – our mothers. Funds raised from Claire’s Campaign will fund our Family Support Program which supports critical programming and operational needs in our Emergency Family Shelter and housing programs. This year, we are planning something special to kick off the campaign; we are hosting a Circles…

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Recently, we sat down to chat with Candice Moch, Manager of the Early Childhood Development (ECD) program here at the Inn's Emergency Family Shelter to talk about the role and many benefits of ECD in a family emergency shelter. Here’s what she had to say: What exactly is Early Childhood Development? Candice Moch (CM): Typically, Early Childhood Development focuses on the first 5 years of a child’s life, however, in the context of our shelter, we work with children aged…

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On February 3rd, 2019, fifty philanthropist athletes will take part in the NATEFIT Calgary Exposed 5K, a shirtless run in support of Inn from the Cold!  Organized by NATEFIT Integrated Fitness & Nutrition, the run will kick off at 12 pm at the BMO Centre as part of the Calgary Health Show. Last year, Nathaniel Ernst, kinesiologist and founder of NATEFIT, ran a 10K shirtless in -15° weather to raise funds and awareness for Inn from the Cold.  “I wanted…

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