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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 for vulnerable children and families. Please take a moment to read about Louise’s and Joelle’s experience. Louise Gallagher, Director, Communications…

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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. We have a bold vision of erasing family homelessness in Calgary and have been offering shelter, sanctuary and healing to…

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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 $50,000 will be matched at 15% and amounts over $50,000 will be matched at 5%. We are thrilled to be…

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A “Moo”ving donation

July 31, 2017

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 to give a special thanks to Shaelynn who donated a ½ side of beef to our Emergency Family Shelter. Shaelynn,…

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A day at the zoo

July 21, 2017

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 or were just “normal” growing up. This past Monday, ENMAX, long-time supporter of Inn from the Cold, helped create a…

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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 time and good spirits to make all the children laugh and yell out, UNBELIEVABLE! His good humour was so contagious…

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Summer fun at The Inn

July 14, 2017

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 to connect with the pure joy of unstructured time and the opportunity to explore places and ideas beyond their imaginings.…

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Last Day of School

July 6, 2017

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 thousands of school children throughout the city, summer vacation has begun for Tanisha. Her mom tells her they have to…

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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 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…

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Happy Canada Day

June 30, 2017

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 this land that has always been their home. Our focus is to find pathways to well-being that honour the spiritual,…

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