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Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser illuminates hope for Inn From the Cold

This year's event will be held on February 24

In the heart of winter, communities nationwide are gearing up for the Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) fundraiser, a touching event spanning 165 communities across Canada. Families and friends will unite to walk 2 or 5 kilometers, highlighting the challenges faced by those experiencing homelessness.

Inn From The Cold will host their annual CNOY walk on February 24 at 4 pm at the Lion’s Hall at River Walk in Newmarket. The walk starts at 5 pm. Registrations will be accepted at Lion’s Hall or online at under Newmarket. In 2023, Inn From the Cold (IFTC) raised $163,088, proving to be a lifeline dedicated to combating homelessness and nurturing hope.

As winter tightens its icy grip, IFTC is prepared to provide over 4,732 shelter stays for the most vulnerable in our communities. The dedication of 300 volunteers translates into 6,622 volunteer hours, yet financial support is crucial to fulfilling additional needs. By supporting a night at Inn From the Cold, you become part of a safety net providing essential services for those in need. Your support ensures a warm place to sleep, three nutritious meals, access to necessities, and a chance for basic hygiene and dignity.

IFTC is a full-service shelter with transitional housing and a rental program for people experiencing homelessness.

"We also offer a place for the homeless to go during the day. All money we collect goes to fund our programs and provide for the facilities. Next year we will be moving into our new facility with expanded services,” said Wayne Ford, Board Chair.

Many clients of the IFTC also participate and support the CNOY program and show their appreciation by volunteering during this event.

"It's extremely gratifying watching all members of our communities working together to make our neighborhoods better," Wayne added.

IFTC stands as a pillar of support, providing seasonal shelter services seven days a week, day programming, and housing initiatives for the chronically homeless. The 7-day-a-week Drop-By Program offers more than immediate relief, providing meals, access to shower and laundry facilities, computers, Wi-Fi, and staff for wellness checks.

IFTC provides emergency shelter and support services year-round for people without housing and those at risk of homelessness. The continuum of services, from basic needs to securing housing, assists clients on their journey to wellness and self-sufficiency. Services include the Seasonal Shelter, Drop-By Program, Getting Ahead Program, and the Stability Now Housing Program.

For more information on the fundraiser, please visit the website.