Our community partners help provide day camps for children of families in distress
The City of Calgary Recreation in partnership with Coca-Cola and Canadian Tire's Jumpstart have been providing hope and help to Calgary families by providing day camp spots free of charge to children of families in distress and transition.
Family homelessness is a harsh reality in Calgary, and given the right circumstances, it can happen to anyone. Inn from the Cold offers in-depth family support to family members, helping to prepare them for success in the community.
Building healthy communities is a common goal for each of the partners, and removing barriers and providing access to sport and recreation programs to disadvantaged children is making a real difference.
Just as children must develop reading and writing literacy, it is also important to develop their physical literacy. Learning to run, jump and throw will provide them with basic skills to continue an active lifestyle into the future.
In the summer of 2012, 167 day camps were given free of charge to Calgarian children from seven City of Calgary recreation facilities. We want to thank our partners Coca-Cola and Canadian Tire Jumpstart for providing the resources to give these lucky children more than a summer camp, but a connection into the community.
What the campers had to say...
"I want to go to camp next week, that is where all my new friends are."
"The counselors are so cool, they taught us how to dance to music first thing in the morning to pump us up!"
What a support worker had to say...
"The kids from Inn from the Cold are not difficult, bad, or troubled kids, however their circumstances are exhausting. The kids living at the shelter are in the midst of homelessness and going to camp reminds them that they are just kids who deserve to play and interact with other kids. Time and time again this summer we were pleasantly surprised at the children who flourished, who didn’t cry all day for their mother, and who showed that they can be great leaders."
- Nicole, Family Support Worker with Inn from the Cold
What a City of Calgary employee had to say...
The City of Calgary is proud to partner with Coca-Cola and Canadian Tire Jummpstart to support day camp participation for Inn from the Cold children. Our camps provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere where children are exposed to various recreational activities including swimming, crafts, sports and more. What a great way to spend the summer!
- Deanna, City of Calgary Fee Assistance