Out of the Cold is a program that offers shelter to homeless people on Monday nights at St Aidan’s during the cold and stormy days of winter. Our approach is to treat all who attend the program as our guests, with respect and in a compassionate and supportive manner. For 2016 season, the program will run from November through the end of April.
The program is run by volunteers, and receives no direct government funding. Local businesses, schools, service groups and individuals provide donations to make all we do possible. Additional support is provided by 1-2 Dixon Hall staff.
The program at St Aidan’s currently provides the following services:
- Overnight accommodation for 25 guests (men and women), on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Homemade Soup, Eggs and Veggies, Coffee*, Bread*, bagels* and treats* and assorted food and beverages to all who come in when doors open at 4:00 PM
- Dinner** and dessert for community at 6:00 PM (doors to dinner open at 5:30 PM), in 2015 season approximately 60 people attended
- Music by local bands at each dinner
- Shower, toiletries, hats, gloves, socks (plus new t-shirts or undergarments when available)
- Hot and cold breakfast for overnight guests
- Bag lunches*** and coupons for Tim Horton’s* upon departure
These services are delivered through the efforts of over 100 volunteers, whose time is generally set at 3 hours, one week per month. If you are interested in volunteering, or offering other services, please contact us at email@example.com.
- *Provided as donations by businesses on a weekly basis: Starbucks at Hammersmith, Cobs Bakery, Bagels on Fire, Tori’s Bake Shop, Longos Markets. Laundry for blankets and towels provided by Solar Laundry. (Tony & Claudia’s Fallingbrook Market and Wholefoods also help out).
- **Dinners are provided by groups and businesses
- ***Lunches are made by volunteers, school groups
- Neil McNeil provides young men to set up for the program on a weekly basis, and has since its beginning 10 years ago.
- Kew Beach makes lunches and has OOTC as part of its learning programs