Inn from the Cold – Kelowna began in 1999 when a group of like-minded community members saw a need to help people experiencing homelessness and life outdoors in the winter. These dedicated volunteers coordinated nightly bus transportation to a church hall, and provided an evening meal, overnight shelter, and breakfast.
These volunteers were committed to providing compassion, dignity, safety, and respect for all individuals experiencing homelessness.
Today, Inn From The Cold operates a minimal barrier shelter (November – April) that provides a safe, non-judgmental, and welcoming environment. IFTC also provides year-round support and advocacy programs including outreach services, case management, in-home support, and street soccer.
Inn From The Cold is non-profit organization responding to the needs of our community’s most vulnerable people. We are proud of our history – from a grass-roots, community-driven initiative to a charitable, volunteer-driven organization addressing the issues of homelessness and isolation in Kelowna.
- A community where no person is homeless.
- To respond to the needs of people experiencing homelessness in a welcoming, compassionate and mutually respectful manner.
- A welcoming environment where guests are people first.
- Compassion for guests by delivering services that are inclusive, non-judgemental, and encouraging.
- An atmosphere of mutual respect which incorporates the confidentiality, personal privacy and dignity of guests, volunteers, and staff.
- To provide emergency overnight shelter to adult people living on the street.
- To offer an environment of respect, compassion and caring.
- To build community relationships with individuals, agencies or groups to advocate for the needs of guests.
Become a volunteer at Inn from the Cold – Kelowna.