If you are interested in learning more about the issues related to homelessness in Canada, This web-site deals with “the latest research, policy and best practices associated with alleviating homelessness and housing instability”.




An extreme cold weather alert is in effect today. This service directive is issued by the City of Toronto Medical Officer of Health when the temperature is -15 Celsius or lower (not counting the wind chill effect). For more information about the detail of this directive




If you have not had your Flu shot, you are encouraged to do this as soon as possible. It takes about 2 weeks for the vaccine to take effect. The City of Toronto has a number of public health clinics where you can get these shots. There is no charge and you will be protecting your family and friends as well as yourself. We are giving information about flu shots to our guests also.




Many of us who volunteer at OOTC having been doing so for years. We sometimes wonder if there isn’t a better way to provide care and support to homeless people. An article in to-day’s Globe and Mail newspaper describes the strategy of the Calgary Homeless Foundation.
We have a similar program in Toronto called “Streets to Homes”. The Globe and Mail article discusses the differences in funding between the programs in Calgary and Toronto. It’s no surprise that the program in Alberta is funded much more generously than the Ontario program.

Calgary transforms ‘bum heaven’ to social success story – The Globe and Mail



If you are curious about what other services are available for homeless people in the City of Toronto look at the link below. It is prepared by the Shelter, Support and Housing Administration. It looks like there is a lot available, but our guests tell us that navigating the system is very difficult.




Dixon Hall takes a holistic approach to helping our client population by providing shelter along with a host of other supports available through agency programs, and diverse partnerships throughout the city. Through the website, you will learn about our harm reduction strategy, our two shelters, our housing assistance programs, our employment programs, and the Out of the Cold program.




The Consumer Survivor Information Resource Centre is a walk-in resource centre with public access to computer, limited photocopying and fax machine; free literature related to mental health and addictions; books and videos related to mental health and addictions for use at the centre (do not lend books or videos out); information about and referral to mental health and addictions services, over the phone or in person.

Drop In Hours: Mon – Fri 1:00pm – 4:00pm; Phone Hours: Mon – Fri 9:00am – 5:00pm




“We believe in community – Yonge Street Mission is called to demonstrate God’s love, peace and justice to people living in economic, social and spiritual poverty in Toronto…




Toronto Public Health – Public Health Information
Call 3-1-1 for information and referral to Toronto Public Health programs and services.



Important Dates

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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