Well the first month of the 2013-2014 has finished. Our need has increased.
We are feeding 2.32% more people than last November. (Over 4,000)
We are sleep more too. A net increase of 6.85%, some sites have slept 80 people.
To help reduce crowding, we now have 11 sites.
One of the groups we have seen a significant increase are the number of women using our sites. It is getting very close to 25% of our guests who spend the night. Two years ago the numbers started to rise for about 10-15%. We have no explanation of this increase at all.
The coordinator at Trinity United in Kitchener (Monday Night) has recorded his highest overnight sleep numbers for start up. He slept 62 people overnight which includes his highest number of women ever, 17.
I hope this is not a sign of how the rest of the season will go.
What is Out of the Cold?
“Out of the Cold” is a program which strives to respond, in a meaningful way to the needs of the most abandoned of our city’s poor and homeless people. These needs include the basic physical needs of shelter, food and warm clothing, and the deeply human needs of compassion, dignity and feelings of self worth. We provide a warm, welcoming atmosphere, including a nutritious meal and a nice place to sleep in the winter months.
Why Have an Out of the Cold program?
Homelessness is not just a problem of larger cities like Toronto. The problem exists in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. There are local agencies that offer support to the homeless, but they are often overworked and overcrowded. For a variety of reasons the homeless in our community cannot always go to the agencies that are helping our homeless. Out Of The Cold provides another option. (We are not a solution to the problem of homelessness, but rather an aid to help in coping with it.)
Out of the Cold’s 2013-2014 season will be starting on Friday November 1st 2013 at
First United Church,
16 William St West, Waterloo
(Corner of King St and William St in uptown Waterloo.)
If you are a volunteer still looking for training, First is running a session this Friday, October 25th at First United, Waterloo at 7pm.
Changes to the Saturday Night Program.
On Saturday nights, to help reduce crowding at Bethany we ask that those looking for just a meal and fellowship to go to Stirling Avenue Mennonite Church.
Stirling Hours of Operation
Doors open: 5:30
Supper served: 6:00 – 7:30
Fellowship: after supper until 9:00
Doors closed: 9:15
Bethany will still be providing a meal and overnight accommodation for those who need it.
Training dates have been set for the upcoming season.