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Thursday, 21 December 2017

#12DaysOfGiving with Rinaldi Homes - Out of the Cold

 

Out of the Cold


We started off this year by adding a few more volunteer days at the Out of the Cold program, helping to serve dinner. 

We had the opportunity to work alongside First Grantham United Church, Mountainview United Church and Covenant Church - some of the most compassionate people I have ever met! We walked into St.George's church and each week they invited us in as if we were family. Through their efforts at the church, every person who came in for dinner also received gifts. There was a variety of socks, warm winter items and necessities for those attending to take home. The team not only volunteers their time for dinner, but there are also night crews that come in throughout the night to help with those staying over.

The assembly line was ready to take on a big crowd, the previous week the Out of the Cold program served around 150 people - record numbers again this year!



Serving at Out of the Cold is one of the most humbling experiences during the holidays. It makes you really appreciate your family and everything you have, things we often take for granted!




The Out of the Cold program is run by Start Me Up Niagara, who works with individuals facing significant life changes such as addiction, mental illness, poverty, homelessness, and unemployment. They provide opportunities to improve health, increase community integration and support employment.

If you are looking to volunteer in the community, the Out of the Cold program runs from November 1st to March 31st, every day of the week, at various churches throughout Niagara.

Our crew volunteering at our 2nd week with Out of the Cold
Selena and Danielle helped prepare the dessert!

A special volunteer came out to help, Athena!