Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) is an event happening across the country to help raise money for charities serving people experiencing homelessness, hurt, and hunger.
For the third year the local agency that provides local care for the homeless, MOSAIC Interfaith Out of the Cold, www.miotc.ca has been part of this charity walk held on the third Saturday in February.
The Mosaic Interfaith Out of the Cold Program provides safe refuge, warm hospitality, and emergency shelter in York Region to the homeless or those in need of food/clothing.
Overnight shelters are operated by various interfaith communities on different nights of the week from November to March.
Despite popular belief, homelessness can affect anyone regardless of age, ethnicity, or status. It is not just a problem affecting drug users or alcoholics, but anyone can face poverty and homelessness during difficult financial hardships. Out of the Cold has improved the lives of many who find themselves on the street during difficult times.
This year, MIOTC has joined with Blue Door Shelters www.bluedoor.ca to meet the unique needs of vulnerable individuals, Blue Door offers three emergency housing locations, second stage housing to provide longer-term supports, and job training through Construct. The two organizations are joining forces both for this event and to better serve the needs of the homeless here in York Region.
The pandemic has meant the event will need to be virtual. We will not gather. The event cannot be canceled. The need is even greater. The costs for keeping everyone safe in the shelters has multiplied. The need of the individuals who find themselves homeless is greater. With so much shut down they have lost many of the places they could retreat to.
If you believe it is wrong that people in our community should not have a warm place to sleep, food, washroom facilities, and the interaction with caring people, please support Coldest Night of the Year. Join a team, create a team, just donate, or sponsor. Coldest Night of the Year 2021 – Richmond Hill (cnoy.org)