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 Patrons 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.
We gather every Tuesday from 8:45am – 1:00pm. The doors open for patrons at 9:00am, and stay open until 12:00pm. In addition to breakfast and lunch, our patrons enjoy a warm sense of hospitality, and respite from the weather conditions.
There are no requirements to joining, 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.
For more information, please contact Veronica, our Coordinator of Social Justice.