Out of the Cold

Mission Statement:  "To provide a safe, secure and warm environment where guests can eat, sleep and hear the Good News of Jesus Christ through our love in action, attitude and words"

About Our Program:
  • OOTC is a volunteer-based, city-wide program, that was first started in 1989 by Sister Susan Moran, Father John Murphy, and Rev. Canon John Erb
  • It runs during the winter months, from December to March each year.
  • Our site at CGC is open on Thursday nights, extending to Friday mornings.
  • The aim is to feed an average of 50 guests and sleep 15 every Thursday night.
  • We generally have between 70-100 volunteers involved over four shifts, with additional volunteers for food preparation.
Shift Descriptions:
  • Set-up (5:00 pm) - Setting up the dining and kitchen areas, ensuring that the areas are clean and ready for use by our guests and volunteers.
  • Intake (5:30 pm) - Greeting guests as they enter, providing house rules and determining who will be staying overnight.
  • Dinner (6:00 pm) - Serving dinner to the guests, and general kitchen clean-up.
  • Social (8:00 pm) - A time of interaction and conversation with the guests; during this time, a bible study is held that is open to all who are interested.
  • Breakfast (6:00 am, Friday) - Cooking and serving breakfast for the overnight guests, and general clean-up.
Contact Info:

If anyone is interested in volunteering, or finding our more information about the Out of the Cold Program, please contact

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