Joelle Berard

Inn from the Cold Society
Director, Programs
Calgary Alberta Canada
The Inn began out of a community concern for the growing number of people facing homelessness during the bitterly cold winter of 1996/97

On May 2, 1997, St. Stephen’s Anglican Church opened its doors to provide shelter and hope to Calgary’s homeless families and others in need. Since then, a number of inter-denominational churches, synagogues, mosques, community associations and organizations have come together to provide emergency shelter and resources for Calgary’s homeless. These Community Inns continue to operate on a rotating basis, 365 days a year, and are located in communities across Calgary.

In October 2008, Inn from the Cold opened Calgary’s first and only Emergency Family Shelter, located in the heart of the Beltline community.

Today, families stay in our downtown shelter, our permanent supportive housing project ( Journey House) and in our Community Inns.

We provide case management, advocacy and instrumental needs support, primary and paediatric care clinics in partnership with the University of Calgary and an early intervention early childhood program. We continue to drive programming forward to address the needs of crisis numbers of homeless children and their families and to disrupt the intergenerational cycle of poverty.