Child and family homelessness has been cited as increasing faster than any other segment of the population experiencing homelessness in Canada. In Canada, 10% of Canadian families live below the low-income cut-off while 14% of Canadian children live in poverty[1]. The 2014 Point-in-Time Count of homelessness in Calgary found 209 families experiencing homelessness on the night of the Count. What […]

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Emily Wong from CUPS Calgary will be presenting on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) at Circles of Hope. ACEs are negative, stressful, traumatizing events that occur before an individual turns 18, that cause disruption in development and compromise health over a person’s life. Watch Nadine Burke Harris’s TED Talk on how childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime here. According to the […]

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The opioid epidemic is hitting Canada hard. The Government of Canada reported almost 2,500 overdose deaths in 2016, with western Canada feeling the brunt of the impact with death rates of over 10.0 per 100,000 population in Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon and Northwest Territories. (See report here) This is an epidemic that is hitting Canadians in their entirety, regardless of where they […]

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We are incredibly excited to have Marilyn Dyck on the line-up for Circles of Hope: Stories of compassion, resilience & hope. Marilyn is the Founder and Executive Director of The Doorway in Calgary. From a pilot experiment to a Community of Practice, she has invested 25 years of leadership in offering an innovative business planning option to engage long term […]

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Child and family homelessness impacts every Calgarian In the discourse on homelessness, child and family homelessness is largely under-discussed and under-researched. Yet, along with youth and Indigenous peoples, children and families continue to be a growing segment of the numbers reported across Canada as at risk of or experiencing homelessness. Child and family homelessness is distinctly different than adult single […]

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We want to express a special thank you to Diamond Energy who sponsored this year’s DreamINN Big! Gala Silent Auction, which raised $26,770! Diamond Energy Services is an oilfield services company out of Swift Current, Saskatchewan whose community spirit extends across provincial boundaries to include Calgary. We are incredibly grateful that this out of province organization saw our cause and chose […]

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We arrrr’ excited to have MNP on our DreamINN Big! Gala crew again this year. They have generously sponsored the Shiver Me Cookies station this year! Where young pirates will be able to decorate their own treats, and is always a hit! This is MNP’s second year as a sponsor for our Gala, and we could not be more grateful […]

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We are excited to have Element Technical Services back on the DreamINN Big! Gala Crew this year. This is Element Technical’s third year as a sponsor of our DreamINN Big! Gala. This year they have come aboard to be the Ship’s Galley Dinner Sponsor. Brendan Nelson, Element Technical’s CFO says, “Element Technical Services proudly continues it’s partnership with Inn from […]

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We are thrilled to welcome Great North Wellhead & Frac aboard the DreamINN Big! Gala ship as this year’s Johnny Jigs Dj Sponsor. This is Great North’s first year as a sponsor for the DreamINN Big! Gala, and their first donation to Inn from the Cold. We are incredibly grateful for their sponsorship and we are excited to partner with […]

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The ENMAX community in Calgary is made up of about 1800 people. On Saturday, September 9, that community included 30 families from Inn from the Cold when ENMAX invited children and parents to join them at their annual Fall Fair. It was a gesture of community building and inclusivity. One that put smiles on faces, burgers and hot dogs in […]

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Circles of Hope: Stories of compassion, resilience and innovation Circles are a universal symbol of unity, inclusion, equality and collaboration. A circle is a shape that is found throughout the natural world and it is a symbol of perfection. A circular approach is needed not only to end family homelessness, but also to create communities that are healthy, inclusive, creative […]

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Our friends at Crescent Point Energy have been involved with Inn from the Cold for 11 years. They have been the presenting sponsor for our DreamINN Big! Gala for the last four years, their staff has given countless volunteer hours, and donated many items and gifts-in-kind. We are excited to be partnering with them again for our Gala. Neil Smith […]

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