Join us for our Winter Open House!

Inn from the Cold: The INNside Scoop
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Our Holiday Open House is on December 8th, we invite Calgarians for an inside look of our Emergency Family Shelter to see first-hand what it is like for a family experiencing homelessness through an interactive tour. Join us from 10 am – 2 pm this Saturday and gain a deeper understanding of homelessness in our city and the impact you can have for children and families staying at Inn from the Cold. This is also a chance for us to show our appreciation to the community and all the support we receive throughout the year, from each of you!

It will be a day full of holiday cheer and community spirit.

Tours, goodies and conversations ongoing throughout the day

Performances by:
Ellen Doty and Ruben Young 10:30 – 11:30 am
Revv 52 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

For more information or to register for the event, see the event page here.

Home for the Holidays

In November we kicked off our annual holiday campaign themed “Home for the Holidays”. But what does that really mean? Well, to start, we are hoping to raise $2,000,000 to cover operational and support costs related to the Inn due to increased demand. In 2018 we’ve been operating at/over capacity 89% of the time, despite reports that homelessness in our city is decreasing.
By donating this year, your money will help provide emergency family shelter, basic needs, housing supports early childhood development, access to education and career training, and so much more. Inn from the Cold offers different services that lay a solid foundation for families experiencing homelessness to move into safe and stable housing. We can not do what we do without the support of Calgarians. Your donation truly does make a difference for children and families experiencing homelessness. Join our mission and let's make this a holiday season many families will never forget.

To help give the gift of home this holiday season, click here:

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Ways to Give

INNformation Report Series: Immigrant Homelessness

Our INNformation Series is currently focused on Immigrant Homelessness in our city. This population makes up 20% of guests that stay at the Inn. Immigrant and newcomer families face a whole list of barriers and obstacles that are unique to their situation and that must be addressed in order to get them into safe and affordable housing. Read our latest INNformation Report, and catch up on the latest episodes of the INNformation Series here.

Our Adopt-a-Family program filled up fast this year, however, there are other ways to get involved this Christmas. The first is to become Santa’s helper and donate to our Gift Shop until December 15th. Shelter guests can visit the shop to pick gifts, so no family member or child goes without on Christmas morning.

For more detail on three great ways to get involved this holiday season, click here.

Lucky Stars Cookies Are Back

Throughout the month of December "Thank Our Lucky Stars" cookies are available at Sunterra for $5 and $2.50 will be donated back to the Inn. Last year approximately $53,655 was raised to help children and families experiencing homelessness. Not only are they delicious and a perfect host gift, but you can feel good about indulging in them too. Cookie purchases can be made at any Sunterra store or online. Read more about them here.

Volunteering at Inn from the Cold

Adopt-a-Family Administrative Support – Tuesday December 11th, Tuesday December 18th(10:00am-12:00pm or 1:00pm-3:00pm)
For individuals or a pair
Adopt-a-Family Program Support — Saturday, December 15th (9:30am-2:30pm)
Wednesday, December 19th (Shift 1: 11:30am-3:00pm, Shift 2: 2:30pm-6:00pm) 
For a group or individuals 
Donations Sorting Elves — Mondays, Thursdays, or Fridays from 1PM – 3PM
December 1, 2018 – January 31, 2019
For 1-2 people
Santa Bag Makers
Bags made on volunteers’ own time
Deadline (delivery to IFTC): December 7, 2018
We have many other opportunities available to volunteer this holiday season. Please see our website here.

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 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

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

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