Out of the Cold Emergency Shelter

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OTCS closes the morning of May 1. Does your group want to sign up to help OTCS wrap up the season ? This is a great way for your sports teams, office, youth group, class, family, or friends to volunteer together!

We are scheduling group to help May 3 - 8. Each group can spend a morning, or afternoon volunteering together at OTCS. Schedule is flexible and you can choose from many different ways to help!

Closing well helps us do our best job opening when the cold weather finds us again, and we would love for your group to be involved! We need your involvement.

Email Kayleigh at donations4otcs@gmail.com if you would like to be involved!
Join the Scotiabank Bluenose Charity Challenge with Out of the Cold Emergency Winter Shelter
This year, Out of the Cold will be entering a team in the Scotiabank Bluenose Charity Challenge.  All proceeds fundraised from this Challenge will go to support Out of the Cold Shelter (OTCS).

How can you help?

Join our team!
Out of the Cold has 10 free registration spots available to volunteers and community supporters who would like to run on behalf of the shelter!  We are offering these ‘free’ spots in exchange for a minimum of $250.00 fundraising.  So, if you’re keen on fundraising AND running (or speed walking, we won’t judge), this is a perfect fit for you!  Please contact Kelly to sign up!

But I’ve already registered...
Not a problem!  You can still join our team and fundraise whatever you are able.

But I hate fundraising, and $250 seems like a lot...
Not a problem! You can register for the Bluenose as a regular participant, and then join our team and fundraise whatever you are able.

Running is not really my thing...
It’s not for everybody.  The Bluenose has 5k, 10k, half, and full marathon options for many different running levels and abilities (and you can even walk or Nordic walk the 5k!).  If running is still not your thing, you can support our team by helping to fundraise on behalf of other runners or spreading the word in the community.  You can find our fundraising portal here: http://tinyurl.com/ks24pwd.  Everyone is welcome to get involved!

Can I involve my kids?
Sure can!  The Bluenose has a 2-4k youth run, or you can involve your kids in your fundraising efforts!

This sounds like the greatest thing ever.  I’d like more information!

Then please contact Kelly at volunteerotcs@gmail.com or by phone at 233-7910!

We are also looking for a Team Leader to help us with this initiative.  If you’re interested in leading the charge, please contact Kelly for more information.

https://www.cushycms.com/temporary_uploads/138927/Scotiabank Bluenose Charity Challenge pdf.pdf

Out of the Cold is a community-based, volunteer-run emergency winter shelter.

Out of the Cold Shelter is open to:
• men
• women
• transgender folks
• couples
• youth (16 and older)
• pets (kennels provided)

The OTCS has 15 beds and operates on a first come, first served basis – unfortunately, we cannot hold beds in advance for guests.  Guests (within capacity) are admitted unless they pose a risk to their own safety or to the safety of others.

Other Shelters in Halifax

Metro Turning Point (for men):  902-420-3282
Salvation Army (for men):  902-422-2363
Adsum House (for women):  902-423-4443 or 902-429-4443.

Barry House (for women):  902-422-8324
Bryony House (for women and children fleeing abuse):  902-429-9002
Phoenix Youth Shelter (for youth ages 12-24):  902-405-3107 or toll free 1-878-5088