Out of the Cold is an emergency program that provides homeless persons with a hot meal and a warm, safe place to sleep in churches and other public buildings across Toronto. There are currently 19 Out of the Cold programs operating across the city during the winter months. For many of our guests, the invisibility and dehumanization of homelessness is a degrading experience. Volunteers play a key role in reducing the physical and emotional risk to those who lack shelter during winter and those who are isolated and under-housed. We offer warm, safe and friendly human contact that for many is even more important than shelter and food.

In 2014-2015, from November 6th to March 26th, the First Interfaith Out of the Cold program will operate every Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to Friday at 8:00 a.m. at St.Matthew’s United Church, 729 St. Clair W.

Our Philosophy

We’re here to offer brief respite from the misery of homelessness and isolation, to help reduce the trauma of street life and to provide dignity and care to people who experience very little of that in their daily lives. Our aim is to provide warmth, food and hospitality in a secure, calm and safe environment.

Important Dates 2015-2016

Orientation for New Volunteers Thursday October 22, 2015
7:30 pm. St. Matthew's United Church (no pre-registration required)

Thursday November 5, 2015
Program starts

Thursday December 24, 2015
Christmas at Out of the Cold

Thursday December 31, 2015
New Year's at Out of the Cold – volunteers especially needed

Thursday March 31, 2016
Program ends for season

Donors & Supporters

Click the link below to see the many organizations, businesses and individuals that have graciously provided their support!

Please contact us if you'd like to donate and support the program. Every contribution, big or small, has a significant impact on the service we can offer our guests.

List of Donors & Supporters >>

An Invitation To Donate >>

Here is a short documentary on the importance of clean dry socks for the homeless. A donation of socks goes a long way to providing much needed warmth and comfort to our guests.

Socks for the Homeless >>

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