Inn Out Of The Cold St.Thomas-Elgin will be opening year round as a shelter in St. Thomas. Thanks to all the organizations and individuals who have made this possible. They will continue to need donations throughout the year to run this, so if you are able to, please consider donating to this important cause to help the people in our community who don’t have safe places to sleep.There is a link to donate on the Inn Out of the Cold website:https://www.innoutofthecoldelgin.comPress Releasehttps://establishmedia.ca/elginstthomas/2019/10/03/year-long-homeless-shelter-goal-for-inn-out-of-the-cold-st-thomas-elgin/
Posted by Establish Media on Thursday, October 3, 2019
As Fall approaches, Inn Out of the Cold St. Thomas-Elgin prepares to re-open its doors on October 22, 2019 at 9pm at Central United Church on Wellington Street under the new leadership of Executive Director Lori Fitzgerald.
The Inn Shelter has filled major needs for homeless and near-homeless guests by providing short-term shelter, food access and care for the past 10 years.
The Inn Out of the Cold Board is pleased to announce that it is working towards expanding its operating schedule to provide a year-long shelter service using two methods. During the ‘warm weather model’ (May-October) the doors will open at 9pm for overnight access only, with a light/bag meal and snacks provided as well as breakfast before guests head out at 8am. During the ‘cold weather model’ (November-April) doors will open at 6pm to serve a hot meal to those who are homeless or near homeless. Guests needing overnight shelter stay the night and receive breakfast as well. Historically the Inn has served up to 30 overnight guests and 40-70 for dinner.
Margaret Barrie, Inn Board Chair, notes that the Board is very pleased with the goal to offer year-round support. While the challenges ahead will be many, the plan of ensuring safe, warm shelter year-round will assist our guests toward the urgent goal of “Homes for All”.
Many community groups and the 132 volunteers who assist at the Inn are part of today’s announcement. Central United Church, Elgin Middlesex United Way, Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), The City of St. Thomas Housing along with its Housing and Homelessness Action Group, Elgin Oxford Legal Clinic, The Rotary Club of St. Thomas, St. Thomas Railway City Rotary, I.O.D.E., Kinsmen, Optimists, Centennial Sports Club, St. Thomas Community Foundation, and many, many other groups and individual donors have made this possible.
Executive Director Lori Fitzgerald, while excited about the proposed expansion of service, is quick to point out that the Inn can only achieve its goal through increased and ongoing financial support of our community. She will be hard at work over the next few months seeking support from the generous and amazing citizens of St. Thomas-Elgin.
“St. Thomas has become a City of 40,000 citizens and needs temporary facilities like Inn Out of the Cold to address immediate needs as we work to end the issue of homelessness” Mayor Joe Preston shared. “Our Community came together on this effort demonstrating our pride in St. Thomas at work!”