Reality Check

December 1, 2018 – Today is important to us at Hope Street because it is the official launch of the 5th Annual Coldest Night of the Year campaign which will be held on Saturday, Feb 23, 2019. This event has raised over $75,000.00 for Hope Street CMC in the past 4 years. The Coldest Night is a Canada-Wide event that will be held in 127+ locations all on Feb 23. From the East to the West, North to the South, thousands of Canadians will walk in support of local charities!  And Why??  Because it’s cold out there…

Saturday, December 1, 2018 was the second month that Hope Street has been responsible for the Saturday Meal at St. Barnabas. We have agreed to take care of the first Saturday of each month. On this day, we were unable to use the church building as the fellowship hall had been booked for another event. We served a bag lunch out of the back of the Hope Street CMC Cargo Trailer. For the start of December, the weather was not terrible but it did present some challenges as we served our lunch to our guests.

Hope Street Compassionate Ministry Centre - Medicine Hat- Dec 1, 2018 Weather

The weather wasn’t quite as cold as the picture shows at 3pm. It was -3C, snowing, cold, wet and there was a bit of wind blowing – I was quite uncomfortable. So the reality is that it WAS cold out there. We had 20 guests today for our meal. I handed out 2 lunches each as I knew there were not going to be a great many show up because of the weather. I was amazed to find out that 7 out of the 20 had no warm place to go to eat their lunch. 35% of our guests today had to sit outside in the cold to eat a lunch they had to walk through snow and ice to receive.

I didn’t want to embarrass anyone and to respect their privacy, i just took a picture of the location to emphasize where they were. 7 of our guests were huddled in behind that white decorative wall eating their lunch!  The REALITY is that even though the City of Medicine Hat has done an incredible job in dealing with homelessness, there is still a problem for some people. That is why Hope Street CMC exists and that is why we are looking to expand our capacity to feed hungry guests in the future. Because it’s cold out there…

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Hope Street CMC - Coldest Night of the Year
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You can see in the countdown above that the Coldest Night event is just shy of 3 months away (as of the date of this post). If you want to join us, then visit www.cnoy.org/medicinehat and sign up as a Team Captain, Walker, Volunteer, Donate or Sponsor. 

Please consider joining with us on February 23, 219 and make a difference in the life of a Hope Street CMC Guest. Because IT IS cold out there…

Coldest Night of the Year 2019 - Medicine Hat, AB