Inn From the Cold – Our Story
Our story: from basic warming center to full service hub
It all began back in the winter of 2004, when a call to the Mayor asked where homeless individuals might stay other than the emergency shelters that were all full. This lead to the opening of a warming center at Newmarket’s Old Town Hall to provide shelter, warm beverages and a place to sleep, which then was supported by Town of Newmarket employees who acted as volunteers. They used the same criteria as the City of Toronto in that the warming center would open when temperatures fell below -15ºC.
Our first location was at the Newmarket Community Church, where we opened 3 nights a week from December to March, and other nights if an extreme cold alert was in effect. In 2005, we moved to the basement of Trinity United Church, where the program then expanded to 4 nights a week, and again on evenings when an extreme cold alert was in effect. In 2006, we obtained charitable status under the Canadian Revenue Agency and began incorporation under the Ontario Not for Profit Corporations Act. In 2007, the final move to our current location was accomplished through acquiring an affordable lease. The shelter opened 5 days a week, and then eventually 7 days a week. In 2012, we implemented an employment program and a health and wellness service.
Today, Inn From the Cold is now known as a hub where guests have access to a range of services to help them move forward in a positive direction and achieve success and fulfillment. If you would like more information on how we can assist you, we welcome you to contact us or learn more about our services. Alternatively, you can learn how to get involved either by making a donation or donating your time as a volunteer. We appreciate your support.