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This month we are looking into immigrant homelessness and why this population makes up 20% of the population served at the Inn. In our first episode Interim Executive Director, Louise Gallagher, and Manager of Special Projects Rebecca MacDonald, where they discuss the complexities of immigrant homelessness, why new Canadians may find themselves in crisis situations, and what can be done to mitigate this trend. It is important to recognize the very different contexts affecting families experiencing homelessness.  Immigrant and newcomer…

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Family Homelessness INNformation Series: Focus on Immigrant Homelessness How newcomer homelessness differs from other types of homelessness in Canada Interview with Tania Cruz Tania Cruz, family case manager and newcomer specialist at the Inn, opens the file of yet another refugee claimant family to see photos taken by Canadian Border staff when the family first arrived. Worn and exhausted after traveling long distances with small children, she says most of these Inn clients are hard to recognize as the same…

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Circles of Hope Speaker List

October 25, 2018

Our second annual Circles of Hope is less than two weeks away and as we gear up for another inspiring event, there are a few important things we’d like to share with you. First, the theme of this year’s TED Talk-style conference is ‘Every child needs a hero’. As such, our speakers will dive deep into this topic and evaluate how early childhood experiences, development, and adult relationships are critical in the first 18 years of life. Second, this event…

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Circles of Hope 2018

October 11, 2018

Circles of Hope 2018 – Every child needs a hero. Circles of Hope was first created in 2017 as a way to celebrate Inn from the Cold’s 20th anniversary in a way that gave back to the community. In its inaugural year, Circles of Hope focused on topics of resilience and compassion using Indigenous story-telling techniques and including several remarkable keynote speakers. While the theme changes yearly, this TED Talk-style event is about building a collaborative community through education and…

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On Tuesday night, we hosted our Annual General Meeting to offer a glimpse into what has been taking place in our city and within our walls this year. It’s important to note that over the last 20 years, the Inn has grown from a grassroots organization to become a vital partner in Calgary’s homeless-serving system of care. However, despite our successes, child and family homelessness is on the rise. Here are a few quick facts from the past two years…

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We are thrilled to welcome Great North Wellhead & Frac. into the DreamINN Big! Gala tent as this year’s Venue Sponsor and Face Painting Tattoo Sponsor. This is Great North’s second year as a sponsor for the DreamINN Big! Gala, and their sponsorship helped us expand the Gala to be our largest event yet. We are incredibly grateful for their sponsorship and we are excited to partner with them again this year. The support of Great North Wellhead & Frac. For this year’s DreamINN…

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We are so excited to have Element Technical Services back on the DreamINN Big! Gala crew this year. This is Element Technical’s fourth year as a sponsor of our DreamINN Big! Gala. This year they have jumped on the trapeze, swinging in to be this year’s Big Top Dinner Sponsor. As the company notes, “Element’s roots are deep in the communities in which it operates, and champions causes important to these communities, employees and clients.” They demonstrate these roots through their long history with Inn from…

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Inn from the Cold Leadership Changes On behalf of the Board of Directors and leadership team, Effective September 20, 2018, Abe Brown, Executive Director of Inn from the Cold Society, is no longer with the Inn and will be pursuing other opportunities.  We at the Inn wish to assure our employees, the people that we serve and our stakeholders that we remain committed to the best service to our community.  During this transition period, Louise Gallagher will serve as our…

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We’re thrilled to welcome back our friends at Crescent Point Energy as the presenting sponsor for our DreamINN Big! Gala for the fifth year running. Crescent Point and their staff have been involved with Inn from the Cold since over 2007 and, not only have they truly made an impact on the lives of many children and families experiencing homelessness, they’ve been champions of our Early Childhood Development (ECD) program. They have funded our Kidz Zone, home to our ECD…

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INNformation Report Series The Role of Reconciliation in Ending Child and Family Homelessness Reconciliation is a trending topic across the nation and is something continually acknowledged in the work we do every day. The overrepresentation of Indigenous families in the populations we serve has us reaching out to community partners, experts, individuals with lived experience of homelessness, traditional knowledge keepers and Indigenous elders for their wisdom on how to provide the best care to Indigenous families. It is important to understand that…

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