Inn From the Cold – Our Story
On a cold winter’s day in 2004, former Mayor Tom Taylor received a phone call from someone enquiring as to where he could stay when the shelters were all full. This led to the opening of a warming center at Newmarket’s Old Town Hall to provide shelter, warm beverages and a place to sleep, supported by Town of Newmarket employees who acted as volunteers. Using the same criteria as the City of Toronto, the warming center opened when temperatures fell below -15ºC.
The first location was the Newmarket Community Church, where programming expanded to 3 nights a week from December to March, and other nights if an extreme cold alert was in effect. In 2005, Inn From the Cold moved to the basement of Trinity United Church, where the program expanded to 4 nights a week, and again on evenings when an extreme cold alert was in effect. In 2006, Inn From the Cold obtained charitable status under the Canada Revenue Agency and began incorporation under the Ontario Not for Profit Corporations Act. In 2007, Inn From the Cold moved to our current location at 510 Penrose Street. From this location the shelter gradually expanded to 7 days a week from November to April. Inn From the Cold currently offers a variety of programs and services to assist the homeless and those at risk of homelessness.
Inn From the Cold is an integral part of the response to homelessness in York Region. Board Members, staff, volunteers and clients work together to ensure Inn From the Cold is a safe, welcoming and supportive place for the community’s most vulnerable. If you would like more information on how we can assist you, please contact us or learn more about our services. Alternatively, you can learn how to get involved by making a donation or donating your time as a volunteer. We appreciate your support.