Out of the Cold at Holy Blossom Temple

Over the past two decades, Holy Blossom Temple has generously opened its doors to the Out of the Cold Program (OOTC) during five winter months while providing nutritious meals and shelter to thousands of adults who are homeless, isolated, have mental illness, or are in need.

Holy Blossom is one of 16 faith-based sites who is supported by Dixon Hall. This organization is contracted by the City of Toronto to ensure that shelter standards are met.

OOTC is a non-profit volunteer based program that relies on hundreds of adults and youth each week to set up, cook, serve and clean up for 120 dinner guests and 45 overnight guests.

In addition to dinner, breakfast, bagged lunches, and overnight accommodations, our program provides weekly live musical entertainment, assistance from a Dixon Hall client intervention worker, nursing care, bingo, art, and clothing distribution.

Although the City of Toronto Food Allowance and various organizations including Mazon Canada have supported us throughout our history, we could not have provided the quality of food and programming without the ongoing generous donations from our congregation and members of the surrounding community.

Out of the Cold has become a staple in the City’s emergency response to homelessness.

Unfortunately, what began as a temporary support for Toronto’s homeless population has become a permanent fixture with the occupancy rate in the emergency system at 98% capacity.

For more information about Out of The Cold at Holy Blossom, email us at [email protected], and we’ll do our best to get you involved. 

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