It is with great pleasure that I introduce two new directors to the Inn from the Cold leadership team: Louise Gallagher, Director, Communications and Stakeholder Relations, and Joelle Mar, Director, Resource Development. The addition of Louise and Joelle to our team strengthens the Inn and will help us achieve our vision of ending family homelessness in Calgary as we care […]

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We are a CREB® Charitable Foundation Investing in HOPE grant finalist On a national level, rates of family homelessness are increasing and at Inn from the Cold we continue to see more families through our doors. In 2016, we provided more than 33,000 emergency shelter bed stays to an average of 90 individuals each night, of which 56% were children. […]

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Our vision at Inn from the Cold is a community where no child or family is homeless and we need the support of Calgarians. We are a participating charity in the Shaw Charity Classic Birdies for Kids program. This means that up to $20,000 in donations made to us will be matched at 50%, amounts collected over $20,000 up to […]

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At our Emergency Family Shelter, we provide the necessities of life, including three nutritious meals a day for children and their families staying with us. Anyone just needs to look at their grocery bill to know that the cost of high-quality beef is out of reach for families experiencing poverty and meat is our highest food shelter cost. We want […]

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Summer time as a child…many of us have memories of family vacations and outings, summer camps and long days spent outside playing with our friends. Two whole months of freedom and fun! At our Emergency Family Shelter, we, with the help of our partners and supporters try to give our guests the experiences that many of us took for granted […]

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It was a time of laughter, fun and a great breakfast! Thanks to the Kinsmen Club of Stampede City, Saturday morning’s Stampede breakfast put smiles on everyone’s faces and good food into everyone’s tummies too! From flipping pancakes and sausage patties to scrambled eggs and juice, the breakfast had something for everyone, including Doo Doo the Clown, who volunteered his […]

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Summer holidays are in full swing and children at the Inn are thinking about all the fun they’re going to have exploring and experiencing new things and dreaming big dreams. At Inn from the Cold, summertime is an opportunity for the children staying at the Inn to experience the same things children all over the city are experiencing. It’s a time […]

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When the yellow school bus pulls up to her stop, 6 year old Tanisha looks out the window and sees her mother waiting for her, just as she does everyday. The door opens and she gets off the bus.  There’s so much to tell her mom about her last day of Grade 1 she barely stops for a hug. Like […]

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Recently, the government of Canada invited Canadians to submit their ideas and stories regarding poverty and poverty reduction in Canada. While poverty is not always about homelessness, homelessness always stems from poverty. 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 […]

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Happy Canada Day to all of our supporters, volunteers, staff and most importantly guests! Today we celebrate a milestone for this country. Here at the Inn, we see many Indigenous guests come through our doors, more than 60% in 2016. The inter-generational poverty and impact of colonization and residential schools continues to impede their ability to prosper and live peacefully in […]

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The beauty of ceremony is that it does not judge any of us.               ∞ Brad Fisher, Aboriginal Friendship Centre Calgary   Cultural awakening and healing often begins with reconnecting to ceremony. To ‘old ways’ that sustained Indigenous Peoples before ‘contact’, before cultural genocide, before Residential School, intergenerational trauma and multi-generational poverty, before the tearing away of cultural identity and […]

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Remember as a child when you stepped into a playhouse how your imagination took hold and suddenly that playhouse became a pirate ship, a magical cave, a secret place only you could imagine? Recently, Shelter Multi-Site Supervisor, Ross Beaton while giving volunteers a tour of the INN, happened upon some children playing in an open area on the third floor, […]

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