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.
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.