Out of the Cold

OUT OF THE COLD NEWS
In mid-December 2021 OOTC partnered with Yorkminster Park Baptist Church OOTC Program and offered hot meals and lunches to go outside. For fifteen weeks we ran the program not only offering hot meals and lunches to go but winter clothing boots, essentials and gift cards. 
We closed the season on April 6th, 2022 with a BBQ dinner and 85 guests attended. 
Thank you to all our very generous donors for their continued support of the program. 
Thank you to our dedicated volunteers who came out on Wednesday evening no matter what the weather. 
For 26 years, from the beginning of November until the end of March, Blythwood provided a safe place for the homeless and those in need.  Hot meals and clothing were offered with open arms, compassion, and fellowship every Saturday night and Sunday morning. As of March 2020, Blythwood and the other Out of the Cold sites throughout Toronto closed their doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We pray that our former Out of the Cold guests are safe and have found refuge in the various shelters located in the Toronto Area. 
During the 2019-2021 Covid shut down we  distributed funds and clothing to shelters that assist the homeless.
We continue to work with Seeds of Hope, Horizons for Youth and St. Lukes along with Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. 
For more information on what Blythwood has been doing to help with the homeless please Click Here 

If you would like to join our merry band of volunteers, please fill in the online application form giving us your information so that we can contact you about opportunities to serve.  If you cannot volunteer but would like to donate to this work, please

 

 

 

This picture is a woodcut of a line of homeless men and women.

 

The Out of the Cold Story

 

Blythwood Road Baptist Church joined the city-wide Out of the Cold Program the season of 1994/1995, in response to the growing tragedy of homelessness in Toronto. Thousands live on the streets. You see them everywhere; sad, defeated, lonely, and sick. They sleep in doorways, down alleyways, on rooftops, and over the heating grates.  Covered in old newspapers and stinking blankets, they are despised and rejected, regarded as an embarrassment and a nuisance in a glittering, prosperous city.  But Jesus loves them and died for them.  And his command to us to care for them is inescapable. 

 

On any given Saturday evening you will see guests sitting around chatting, playing cards, and enjoying each other’s company.  Some of our volunteers feel at ease mingling with our guests, listening, and sharing their faith.  Our guests may be destitute when it comes to material possessions (how much more destitute can you be than to have no roof over your head?) but some have a lively faith and they cling to it doggedly – it’s all they have.  One woman offers to say grace and says it beautifully. A man’s eyes light up when he talks about Jesus.  Many express their appreciation for the meal and follow it up with “God Bless.” 

 

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As our guests would 

 

 

Out Of The Cold 2019-2020Season Kicks Off on Saturday, November 2nd, 2019

Interested in Volunteering? We are entirely volunteer-run and volunteer dependent and are always in need of dedicated volunteers who can give two to fours hours on a Saturday evening.  Please contact Susan Thomas at 416 723-3211 or office@blythwood.org 

Donations are gratefully accepted to help run the program costing over $20,000 each year and this is over and above the meals donated by our partner groups and congregation. 

We are always in need of Men's Warm Clothing and Winter Boot donations. To see the list of items in demand please To drop off a donation please contact office@blythwood.org or Jennifer at 416-487-4571

Interested in organizing a Clothing Drive at your place of work, school, church or neighbourhood? We are always desperate for Winter Parkas, Boots and Jeans. Please see the attached flyer to kick off your clothing drive

Volunteer's Out of the Cold Manual 2019-20

To download a pdf copy of the manual Click here

H1N1 Fact Sheet Click here.
(Requires Adobe Reader)

Out Of The Cold 2019-20 Site Schedule 

 

Fundraiser for Blythwood Road Out Of The Cold Program 

Are you looking for a fun and engaging group volunteer opportunity while making an impact? Help us build Out Of The Cold Care Kits for Blythwood Road Baptist Church. There are no limits to group sizes; whether your group is 5 or 500, you can help us, help our OOTC community at Blythwood! To learn more about the program Click Here

 

**The highlighted area would be linked to your profile page on our website: https://kitsforacause.com/charities/blythwood-road-baptist-church/

Out of the Cold Newsletters 
October 2013      Click here

 

 


 



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