In Toronto in 1986, the death of George, a homeless man, brought people
together to take action. Students and teachers of St. Michael’s High School, Sister Susan Moran, Father John Murphy and Rev. Canon John Erb took the necessary steps to arrange a location, food and volunteers and opened a small storefront on St. Claire Avenue. That was January 15, 1987. From this humble beginning, the Out of the Cold has spread throughout Toronto and many cities across Canada.
Hamilton Out of the Cold Program started in the hearts of Sister Carole Anne Guay, a Sister of St. Joseph, and her friend Ms. Gloria Colizza. Both of these women are retired teachers from Hamilton. They saw the need, started to pray about what God would have them do about the need, and visited the Out of the Cold Program in Toronto. They invited others to share their vision and dream of feeding the poor and giving them a place to lay their heads. The program began its first year on December 1, 1997, at James St. Baptist Church.