Family shelter bursting at the seams
Published Wednesday, October 10, 2012 4:58PM MDT
Last Updated Wednesday, October 10, 2012 6:56PM MDT
A local emergency shelter is already over capacity and officials say that demand is about to go higher with cold weather on the way.
Inn from the Cold has been around for a number of years and this year it is seeing record numbers of people who need help.
Natalie, 18, is grateful that Inn from the Cold is able to provide a warm place for her and her son to stay.
“I don’t really know because I don’t know anywhere else that would help me like Inn from the Cold. Probably no other options if it wasn’t for Inn from the Cold,” said Natalie.
Natalie is just one of hundreds of people being helped by the organization at the Beltline location or at churches around town.
The agency is currently housing 31 families consisting of 119 men women and children.
Inn from the Cold’s Bonnie Elgin says it is a record year and that they have been operating at over capacity for 245 days already this year.
“They move to Calgary because they have a job lined up but what they don’t have in place is a place to live. And then they come to us looking for help so they’re looking for a place to stay,” said Elgin.
In addition to the Beltline location, there are about 60 churches and Community Inns that open their doors to families on a rotating basis.