Kelowna homeless shelter Inn From the Cold to open Nov. 1

Charity organization provides overnight beds to shelter people who are living on the streets in the winter months

Kelowna homeless shelter Inn From The Cold says it will open for another winter season helping the homeless in the Central Okanagan on November 1.

Inn from the Cold Kelowna (IFTC) is a charity organization providing overnight shelter to people living on the streets during Kelowna’s coldest winter months.

“Every winter, Inn from the Cold Kelowna opens to ensure that no one has to sleep outside,” said Jan Schulz, IFTC Executive Director. “Our mandate is to provide low-barrier, overnight shelter to the most vulnerable members of our community experiencing homelessness to ensure no one falls between the cracks or is left out in the cold.”

IFTC has 35 beds and is available to men and women, transgendered, couples, pets, and individuals with various barriers. The IFTC shelter utilizes volunteers from the community to run each year, volunteers who do everything from preparing meals, to setting up the shelter, and providing companionship to the shelter guests. The shelter is dependant on volunteers, donations and fundraising efforts to cover operating expenses. This season, the shelter is still in need of donations (clothing & toiletries) as well as volunteers.

“Inn from the Cold is only able to operate because of the support of a huge number of volunteers. Every year we fill hundreds of volunteer shifts in our shelter and we are so grateful to each and every person who helps us by giving us their time,” said Mark Dixon, IFTC Board President.

The IFTC volunteer application, donation and intake forms can be found online at or phone 250-448-5153. IFTC shelter is located at 1157 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna.

IFTC offers a number of other services and programs, including:

·Chandler House – providing eight permanent, shared accommodation housing for those in the community who have experienced chronic homelessness.

·Inn Home Support Program – supporting persons who are presently housed in order to maintain their housing and prevent homelessness.

·Outreach& Case Management – providing one on one support to individuals experiencing or at risk of homelessness with access to housing, medical, and other community resources. Free Store – providing free items such as clothing, outdoor gear and toiletries to those in need

·Kelowna Kodiaks – providing members of the community an opportunity to participate and benefit from the team-building sport of soccer.


Just Posted

Gas leak contained near Lakeshore Road

Ruptured line was quickly contained Sunday morning by Kelowna Fire Department

High winds cause havoc for sailors

Kelowna Fire Department assists boats with broken masts on Okanagan Lake

Late night confrontation between two men in Peachland

RCMP was called to the scene of a physcial encounter on Saturday evening where one man was injured

Search continues after human remains located

The search of the property in the 2200 block of Salmon River Road enters its fourth day

Kelowna hotel suffers water damage

Guests at the Royal Anne Hotel in Bernard were greeted by firefighters last night

VIDEO: Sears liquidation sales continue across B.C.

Sales are expected to continue into the New Year

10,000 signatures gained to stop ‘no pets’ rental policy

Pets OK BC said about 1,700 animals were surrendered to the BC SPCA last year due to housing issues

A golden opportunity

Orthodontist offers sweet deal for the pocketbook

Who is Curtis Sagmoen?

The Observer reveals what we know about the man attached to the Silver Creek property where human remains were found

VIDEO: Oprah Winfrey and a celebrities attend ‘B.C. Miracle Concert’

Fundraiser featured Foster, Steven Tyler, The Tenors, Matteo Bocelli, Laura Bretan, Carly Rae Jepsen

First-place Warriors edge Caps, visit ‘Backs today

West Kelowna scores twice in 25 seconds early in third to overtake Cowichan Valley in BCHL action

Grab a book; thank your librarian

All libraries are cornerstones of their communities and we celebrate them during library month

Five decades of volunteering

Even though she is approaching 70, Merle kindred continues to volunteer around the world

Twarynski trick sends Rockets past ‘Hawks

Rockets end five-game winless streak with victory Friday over Portland

Most Read