Out of the ColdQ: What is the purpose?

A: The Out of the Cold program was initiated in 1987 by the students of St. Michael’s School with the support and guidance of Sister Susan Moran of the order of Our Lady of Perpetual Sorrow. The program was established after a group of students befriended a homeless man who had frequented the area near the school. Within a couple of weeks the relationship between the Students and the homeless man, he unfortunately died. This impacted the Students deeply and with Sr. Susan they began discussing what they could do to alleviate homelessness. The plan was simply that the faith group volunteers would open their doors one day a week for a period of approximately 23 weeks as well as provide food and hospitality to the homeless which are considered Guests of the program. Today there are 19 different programs – all with the same simple purpose: to provide food and hospitality for those who need it most.

Q: How often do you gather?

A: Every Tuesday from 9:30 am – 1:00 pm.

Q: Are there any requirements or restrictions to volunteering?

A: All we ask is that you bring a generous heart, and be willing to serve, learn and listen to those who are our guests! You can come one week and miss the next or for the whole time or just for what you can give.

Q: How do I get more information?

A: Simply call the parish office at 416-926-7110 or at office@stbasiltoronto.org.

Q: I want to be a volunteer, what do I do next?

A: The main office will connect you with the Coordinator, Emily, who will reply to your email or phone call with information on how to complete the volunteer screening process.