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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 the societal intention to ‘take the Indian out of the child’. We are all victims of colonialization. We must all…

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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, doing what kids do best, climbing in and out of empty cupboards, swinging on the doors, being kids. That vision…

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#ChrissySentMe

June 13, 2017

The tragic events that took place on June 3rd  in London are heart-breaking and along with millions of people around the world, we grieve the loss of life. The death of Christine Archibald on London Bridge has sparked a heart-warming movement allowing Chrissy’s legacy to live on in the most meaningful way possible. We are incredibly humbled by the generous gifts that we have received; thank you to all those who have made a gift to any organization in Chrissy’s honour,…

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We are blown away by the generosity of Gary Nissen, Karen Zutter and more than 660 Calgarians who contributed to Claire’s Campaign. We are so pleased to announce that the 5th Annual Claire’s Campaign, in support of Inn from the Cold’s Emergency Family Shelter and Journey House, our supportive housing program, was an enormous success, raising $1,018,752. Gary Nissen, long-time supporter of Inn from the Cold matched $250,000, Karen Zutter, Gary’s sister matched $100,000 and an anonymous donor stepped in…

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What happens when you bring together 160 men and women with a passion for playing golf and making a difference? Lots of fun. Some great stories about the hole-in-one that didn’t quite make it into the cup. And, a significant contribution to improving the lives of vulnerable children in our community. This year’s 10th annual Business Fore Calgary Kids Golf Tournament held at the Glencoe Golf & Country Club is a perfect example of what a small group of committed…

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  Jasmine’s pathway into homelessness is one that is all too common: rife with ups and downs, successes and failures and suffering consequences because of addiction in the family. “I grew up way too young.” Without going into detail, she shares that, “At 16, I quit school, moved out of home and was on my own. I did what I had to do.” Jasmine had been living with the father of her children and as far as she knew, they…

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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…

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“I took my son to my country in Somalia, and it’s really tough there because there’s a war going on and everything,” Faduma explains about her journey into homelessness. “When we came back last year, I was living with my boyfriend and things didn’t work out.” Faduma has lived in Calgary on and off for the last ten years, and has an eight year old son and a three month old daughter. After leaving her boyfriend, they found themselves at…

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Claire’s Campaign 2017

April 28, 2017

Claire’s Campaign is Inn from the Cold’s annual matching campaign that runs throughout the month of May. Gary Nissen, long-time supporter of Inn from the Cold has committed to match donations up to $250,000 and Karen Zutter, Gary’s sister will match up to $100,000. We are asking you to support us in reaching our total campaign goal of $700,000. Funds raised through Claire’s Campaign will support the opening of Journey House 2 as well as the critical programming and operational…

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Janice started volunteering at Inn from the Cold in September 2016 as a meal host. Three months later, she brought her children with her to drop some Christmas gifts off for the guests at the Inn. Her children had never been to the Inn before, so she started to give them a tour of the dining area and kitchen. “There was a girl in the dining area around my daughter’s age. This girl saw my daughter and excitedly jumped off…

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