We are glad to partner with Out of the Cold Community Association for Community Cups in December! The coffee roast dedicated to support @otchfx is "Safe Supply!"
Tell us about Out of the Cold Community Association!
Out of the Cold is a grassroots non-profit rooted in harm reduction and anti-oppressive practice. They operate two low-barrier supported housing communities, one in Halifax and one in Dartmouth, grounded in dignified, person-centred and harm-reduction oriented supports. The core of what they offer is long-term, reliable, safe, and stable housing for those who have experienced chronic homelessness.
Out of the Cold also offers outreach support 5 days a week to the HRM for folks who are in active homelessness and in need of tailored supports. This can be everything from a tent and sleeping bag, to referrals and connections with support agencies.
What does Out of the Cold do and how do you manage to do it?
"We operate as a close knit team who offer care and respect to traditionally marginalized persons. We believe that every one of us has the right to safe, healthy and affordable housing. This core belief feeds what we do. We honour our values and embody our principles in order to do the work that we do. We would not be in this field if we didn’t care deeply for each individual we support, both in our housing modulars and in the wider community."
Is there anything that you wish more people knew about Out of the Cold or the issues you are trying to solve?
"We rely so much on donations to keep our program running. Every little bit helps so please consider making a donation. We also take physical donations in the form of food, clothing, shoes/boots, jackets, new underwear (all sizes and genders), and socks."
What would make the greatest difference in helping Out of the Cold get better at what it does?
Donations, donations, donations!
Visit Out of the Cold - Linktree to see how you can help. For example, it is their first holiday season and they are trying to make it magical. Community folx can sign up to deliver presents in early December for a resident. They support 65 residents and so far. More folx are needed, register now to provide gifts and share your love.
How do you keep your supporters up to date about your work?
"For the most up-to-date callouts, we post on Instagram @otchfx
For contact information, visit Out of the Cold - website."
If I wanted to get to know Out of the Cold better, what are the best ways to learn more?
"We’ve put a lot of thought and care into setting up our website. There, you can read more about what we do and what you can do to support us. We send lots of love to our community and receive it in return. Thank you!"
Learn more about Out of the Cold Community Association by visiting www.outofthecold-hfx.ca/
Join us to support Out of the Cold!
$1 from every bag of Safe Supply! sold will be donated to Out of the Cold, along with all drip coffee sales on Community Cups days on December 10th and 22nd, 2022.