‘Socktober’ kicks off Out of the Cold season and highlights just one of the problems of homelessness.

Foot problems are a common, but often overlooked concern among homeless people.

If you choose to look, there are many people without homes among us. Barrie Out of the Cold is starting its 20th year of caring for these people – 7 nights a week from November until April.

One of the challenges of life on the street and for people experiencing homelessness is that they are often out and about for extended periods of time, sometimes in inadequate footwear and worn-out socks. By the time our guests arrive for the evening, they often have had prolonged exposure to moisture and long periods of walking and standing around in the cold.

Something like a pair of clean, dry socks may be something most people take for granted, but for someone who has been exposed to the elements, it can provide comfort and relief at the end of a long, cold day.

Each year Barrie Out of the Cold holds ‘Socktober’ to raise awareness for the needs of our shelter guests. Our annual Community Information and Volunteer Recruitment nights will be held on October 10th and October 16th from 7-8:30 pm at the Barrie City Hall Rotunda.

The public is invited to find out more about volunteer opportunities and may also drop off donations of new men’s and women’s winter socks, men’s long underwear (size medium) and coffee.

Barrie Out of the Cold statistics

5732 guests in the 2017-18 season (our highest number in 20 years)

Number of volunteers required each season – 1000

Approximately 30,000 cups of coffee served last season

Cost of daily laundering of blankets over $17,000

Barrie Out of the Cold has been providing hospitality, compassion and protecting Barrie’s homeless from the cold for 20 years. If you have a heart for people, please help as sleeping outside during a Canadian winter is not an option. Barrie Out of the Cold opens it’s doors for the new season on November 14, 2017.

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