Beach United Church involvement in the Out of the Cold program was an indication of our
concern for people that are homeless and hungry in our community. Beach United housed
the overnight shelter on a weekly basis during the renovation at St Aidan’s Anglican
Church, but with the COVID-19 pandemic we have been unable to continue to offer shelter to
overnight guests since March of 2020. We do not anticipate a reopening of the Out of the
Cold Program as an overnight shelter program in the foreseeable future.
In the absence of the overnight program, the energy has shifted to providing food. The Out
of the Cold program will return to St. Aidan’s Anglican Church beginning in January 2023.
While overnight shelter will not be possible, hot meals will be provided each Monday
evening, prepared and served by volunteers from the church and the wider community.
Beach United Church will continue to explore ways in which we can, both individually and
collectively, support people in our community that are in need. Some of the options are:
- Providing a hot lunch every Thursday at Beach United, as our contribution to the Beach Interfaith Outreach Committee.
- Food banks across the City are seeing more people coming for food than at any time
in the past. Donations of non-perishable food can be left at any Toronto Fire Hall for
pick up by the Daily Bread Food Bank.
Please consider how you are best able to support any of these initiatives. Thank you for
your longstanding commitment to meeting the needs of people in our community that are
homeless and vulnerable!