Kelowna homeless shelter opens for the season

A place to shelter from the cold opens for the winter on Saturday, Nov. 15 in Kelowna.

On November 15, people living on the street can breathe a sigh of relief as the Inn from the Cold homeless shelter officially opens its doors for another season.

Inn from the Cold (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 opens to ensure that no one has to sleep outside. By providing additional shelter services in Kelowna, we are able to work together with our community partners to ensure no one falls between the cracks and is left out in the cold,” said Tara Tschritter, IFTC agency coordinator.

Inn from the Cold

IFTC is a minimal barrier shelter with 35 beds that serves the most vulnerable homeless members of our community. Men and women, transgendered, couples, pets, and individuals with various barriers are welcomed to a bed, after a vulnerability assessment is completed and priority sequence is determined.

“With the recent cold temperatures has come an increase in demand for our Free Store services,” said Val McCullough, IFTC volunteer Free Store manager. “Many individuals are accessing our free store to get blankets and warm clothing. Some have expressed that they are staying outside waiting for our shelter to open.”

As a volunteer-based, charity organization that relies on donations and fundraising efforts to cover operating expenses, IFTC is grateful to everyone who has donated their time, efforts, and monies.

“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.

IFTC volunteer application, donation, and intake information is available online at or phone 250-448-5153. IFTC is located at 1157 Sutherland Ave. in Kelowna. Doors open from 7 p.m. to  8 a. m. daily.


Just Posted

Vancouver artist rocks to fight opioid crisis

Jeremy Allingham is set to bring his guitar-focused rock ‘n roll to Kelowna April 6, Vernon June 9

World Down Syndrome Day: The up side of Down

A Kelowna family’s journey with Down Syndrome: ‘There is tremendous beauty in these kids’

Kelowna cops crack down on drivers using cell phones

Drivers caught talking or texting behind the wheel now face a fine totalling $543

Okanagan Falls winery showing international photo project

Liquidity Wines will be sole Canadian show of National Geographic’s Photo Ark

West Kelowna mayor meets finance minister to protest speculation tax

Doug Findlater presents Carole James with booklet of info outlining tax’s impact on his city

Crook’s Corner

Arts and entertainment highlights this week across the Okanagan

B.C. Scientists witness first-ever documented killer whale infanticide

“It’s horrifying and fascinating at the same time.”

Lawyer for one suspect in beating of man with autism says he’s not guilty

Ronjot Singh Dhami will turn himself in, lawyer said

Liberals awarded $100,000 contract to man at centre of Facebook data controversy

Christopher Wylie says his voter-profiling company collected private information from 50 million Facebook users

Facebook’s Zuckerberg admits mistakes in privacy scandal

Zuckerberg admits to privacy scandal involving a Trump-connected data-mining firm, but no apology

Rockets’ Foote a finalist for top WHL D-man

Cal Foote named the Western Conference top defenseman; Foote and Dube named all-stars

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

UPDATE: Former B.C. city councillor sentenced nine months for sexual assault

Dave Murray, convicted this past fall, hired a private investigator to intrude on the victim’s life.

Shots fired in Kamloops

Kamloops RCMP are investigating a report of shots fired and a possible explosion at a trailer court

Most Read