Inn Out of the Cold St Thomas Elgin
When There Is No Door To Go Thru…
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What Does Homeless Mean?
Who Are the Homeless in St Thomas Elgin
Often people have a preconceived notion about what a homeless person may look like. Many people envision a homeless person as being a drug user, drunk, unkept or someone who just doesn’t want to work.
Nothing Can Be Further From the Truth
The guests of the Inn Out of the Cold may look a little unkept at times and initially may not seem very approachable. Living on the street does not give them the benefit of a daily shower. A few have physical, emotional and mental health problems. Nearly all lack the support of family and friends and are desperately in need of a friendly smile and a helping hand.
Homelessness is not just a problem of larger cities like London. The problem exists in St. Thomas and Elgin County as well. There are many local agencies that offer support to the homeless, but for a variety of reasons the homeless cannot always go to these agencies.
The lack of emergency shelter for men and women is a growing concern in our community. Before the creation of Inn Out of the Cold there were no emergency shelters for men, women or the youth in St. Thomas and Elgin County.
The lace of emergency housing often results in people having to leave their employment or young males having to quit their schooling in order to find housing in the London Area.
Ontario works staff estimated that they referred approximately 65 men to shelters in London in 2009. Inn Out of the Cold provides another option. We realize this is not a solution to the problem of homelessness but, rather an aid to help in coping with it.