Every child needs a hero...!

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The 2nd Annual Circles of Hope

‘Every child needs a hero’ and how you can be the hero every child deserves


At this year’s Circles of Hope, we are exploring the topic, ‘Every child needs a hero’. Our speakers will help to expand our knowledge and understanding of the first 18 years of life. A child’s development lays the groundwork for the person he or she will become and the adults in any child’s life play a large role in shaping identity. We’ve learned so far that positive adult relationships have the power to inspire, build resiliency, and promote healthy development mentally, physically, emotionally and psychologically. But, we must further discuss how we can empower the next generation and create a brighter future for everyone.

As keynotes we have one of our nation’s top childhood development experts, Tammy Schamuhn, an individual whose resiliency allowed her to overcome childhood trauma, and Randy Taylor, the head of one of our country’s leading child health non-profits.

This TED Talk-style event is about building a collaborative community through education and inspiration. Most importantly, it’s not just for those that work in the homeless-serving sector, but anyone who is interested in learning about the social issues in our city and how we can collaboratively create a brighter, more positive future together.

Tickets are still available. Click the button below for details:

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Annual General Meeting & 3-Year Strategic Plan

At the end of September, we hosted our Annual General Meeting where we shared our 2017 Report to Community and three-year strategic plan. Here are some of the statistics we found:

  • In 2017, 58% of shelter guests were children, which has increased by 26% this year;

  • In 2018, we have experienced a 20% increase in families seeking shelter, housing and assistance;

  • We have been at / over capacity for 88.5% of this year, which is a 69% increase over last year.

These numbers are high but with a clear strategic approach as outlined in our three-year plan here and new board to lead the team, we look forward to making improvements in the year to come in our fight to end family homelessness.


We’d also like to take this opportunity to introduce our new Board:

Hsui-Yan Chan, Chair
Bruce Alger, Past-Chair

Neil Smith, Past-Chair
Munaf Mohamed, Vice-Chair
Leela Domingo, Treasurer
Genevieve Groulx, Secretary
Cynthia Bird
Dave Botterill
Gary Clarke
Jennifer Giles
Jason Ennis


To read the reports and our recent blog post, click here.

INNformation Report Series: Immigrant Homelessness

Our INNformation Report Series continues in October as we explore Immigrant Homelessness in our city. Stay tuned for more to come later this month.

To read our previous report on Indigenous Homelessness or watch a video on the topic, click here.
You can help put food on the table at the Inn by sponsoring a snack, lunch, dinner, dessert or even milk. Did you know that children and families staying that the Inn drink approximately 200L of milk each week?

To find out more, click here.

Winter Boots Needed!

With the recent snowfall, we are in critical need of winter boots in teen and adult sizes for all genders. Of course, all sizes are appreciated!

Cold weather and snow are uncomfortable for all of us but can be life-threatening for vulnerable members of our community so please help us prepare for winter and protect someone today.

All donations can be dropped off at our Emergency Family Shelter located at #106, 110-11th Ave SE.

Please contact Cindy at 403-999-7452 or cindyn@innfromthecold.org with any questions.

Volunteering at Inn from the Cold

Thank you to all those who signed up to volunteer this Halloween! All spaces are currently full.

If you missed it, we have many other opportunities available to volunteer in shelter. Please email vresources@innfromthecold.org.

Please consider joining the Inn Crowd, our monthly giving program.

When you are part of the Inn Crowd, giving is more convenient for you, your donations will make a regular, compounded impact and you will enjoy special perks that come along with being part of the Inn Crowd. Monthly donations help us achieve our mission and vision through consistent, sustainable support. Please email svetlana@innfromthecold.org for more information or click here to join now.

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Inn from the Cold Society is planning to raise an estimated $5,500,000 in 2018 on fundraising activities, which will cost our organization an estimated $792,100. The money we raise will help create a brighter future for homeless families in our community. For more information, please contact Joelle Mar, Director, Resource Development at joellem@innfromthecold.org.

Our address is #106, 110 - 11th Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0X5. Charitable Number: 87082 3648 RR0001.

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