NEWSLETTER #3  – FIRST INTERFAITH OUT OF THE COLD PROGRAM  2012 -2013 

We hope this finds you all well during this flu-y winter.  As of Feb. 21st we will have operated for 17 weeks out of our 22-week season. The program is running smoothly and we’re generally at capacity most weeks, with a slight increase in numbers this year.  It’s only with your on-going participation and support each week that we can successfully feed and shelter the folks who use our program.

GENEROUS SUPPORT FOR OUR PROGRAM

Did you know that our program runs almost entirely on donations?  It’s quite remarkable when you think about the level of comfort and care we’re able to offer our guests which is only made possible by the generosity of individuals, organizations and businesses. We’d like to acknowledge and thank all those who have contributed and we’ve created a new section on our website, under the heading Donors and Supporters, for that purpose. Please go to http://www.firstinterfaithoutofthecold.com/donors-supporters/ to view the list.

You might also find it interesting to read Lynda Champagne’s description of just what an $18 donation can buy.  Just click on An Invitation to Donate in the 3rd box on the right of our website at http://www.firstinterfaithoutofthecold.com/

SOCKS 

Check out this fascinating CBC radio documentary on the value of something we don’t spend much time thinking about, but is so important to the well-being of people who live on the street – socks.

“Take a moment and think about socks. Yours are probably cosy. They’re probably dry. And they keep your feet feeling pretty good. Next time your toe pokes through one, you’ll probably toss it. And next time the dryer devours a sock, you’ll probably ditch its mate. Socks are cheap, disposable, easily replaced. Unless you live on the street. For homeless people, those little pieces of clothing are mittens of comfort. Hard to come by, easily ruined. Never taken for granted. Good as gold.  Frank Faulk took to the streets of Toronto in search of a new perspective on socks.”

http://www.cbc.ca/thesundayedition/documentaries/2013/02/24/homeless-socks/

 

UPDATE ON THE NEW CITY BUDGET

Cuts to affordable housing, shelter and homeless support were in fact, made in the new city budget on Jan. 16th.  What this will mean for housing, shelters, and homelessness prevention and support is unclear.  For a detailed analysis of the City budget in relation to affordable housing, shelters and homeless support, visit the Social Planning Toronto website at:  http://www.socialplanningtoronto.org/news/january-24-new-city-budget-analysis/

 

CLOTHING, ETC. DONATIONS NEEDED

Each week we distribute lots of gently-used clothes and our guests rely on our supply to stay dry and warm. We’re always in need of:

  • clean, gently used or new, men’s and women’s winter clothes, boots, coats, jackets, scarves, hats, gloves, mitts, sweaters, casual pants, sweats, t-shirts, new socks and new underwear. Please, no children’s clothes, summer clothes, suits or fancy dress clothes.
  • mini-sized toiletries, such as soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, deodorant and also toothbrushes.

Donations can be dropped off on Thursdays, any time after 2:00 pm in the basement of the church.

VOLUNTEER COVERAGE

We continue to have good coverage for the Dinner shift so it’s best to make arrangements ahead of time with Sharna or Mary at volinterfaith.outofthecold@gmail.com, if you’re planning to bring along any extra friends. All the other shifts are running smoothly and are well covered.

Reading Weeks and March Break are coming up.  Please let us know at the Volunteer Desk if you’re planning to be away.

MAINTAINING OUR HEALTH

Cold and flu season is still upon us, so please make sure to wash your hands before and after coming to the program. It may still be worth getting a flu shot, which may still be available, free of charge at Rexall Pharma Plus pharmacies. If you’re not well, it’s best to stay home and take care of yourself and not spread the illness to our vulnerable guests.

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Important Dates
2017-2018

Orientation for New Volunteers
Thursday October 19, 2017

7:30 pm. St. Matthew's United Church (no pre-registration required)

Thursday November 2, 2017
Program starts

Thursday December 21, 2017
Christmas at Out of the Cold

Thursday March 29, 2018
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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