The Coldest Night of the Year is a fun, family-friendly national walk that helps you raise funds for charities that serve hungry, homeless and hurting people in your community.
On February 23rd at the Milton Sports Centre local residents walked in the cold and dark to support all those in our community who are being crushed by struggle, trauma, shame and loneliness. To them – and to the community that witnesses our trek in the dark – we declare together that “Everybody matters. Everybody belongs. And yes, we need each other.”
The walk generated over $45,200 in support of Milton Transitional Housing & working to end homelessness in our community at press time with the likely hood of them reaching their $50,000 goal as the event progressed. Milton Transitional Housing is a community-based, registered Canadian charity that provides bridge accommodation and supportive counseling to people in Milton who are experiencing a housing crisis. MTH’s program assists participants in overcoming their challenges while they work towards securing their own independent, stable housing.
Our goal, “…from HOPE to HOME”, summarizes our belief that lives can be rebuilt with support and assistance from their community.
Donna Danielli the Executive Director of Milton Transitional Housing spoke at the opening about the event. “We are a Transitional Housing Unit, what we do is we have 9 units around town. One, two and three bedrooms and our clients come to us and stay in those townhouses or apartments for up to 2 years. During that time they address those issues that cause homelessness in the first place. I am very happy to say that we have had 13 graduates of our program and all 13 of those graduates have gone on to their own long term sustainable housing.”
A total of 31 teams, 196 walkers and 63 volunteers came together for the cause. Congratulations to the top 3 teams this year of Faith United, CFUW Milton & District and Milton Milers for raising the highest donations.