The Saint Aidan’s Out of the Cold program began in the winter of 2006/2007 with a simple yet profound thought – no one should die in the cold because of lack of space or hospitality.
As Christians, Saint Aidan’s was called to open our doors and use the space we have. For twelve weeks, twelve homeless men and women were our guests. This year, we plan to serve fifty men and women dinner, and host twenty five homeless men and women for the night and breakfast.
With the resources of the time and talents and gifts of people in our neighbourhood we offer hospitality. Some of the people who stay overnight are on the street by choice, others by circumstance. Whatever the reason, we offer them a safe, clean and hospitable place to call “home” one night a week. These men and women are our guests.
Our goal is not to offer solutions to the problems of the homelessness, but to be with our guests in their journey. We would love to be “out of business”. But until that time is here, we wish to be a presence and a welcoming place.
Our volunteers come from various backgrounds. Some are Christian, some are not. But they share the desire to make a difference in the lives of others. Through Out of the Cold, they can do just that.
As Margaret Mead said:
“Never doubt that a group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”