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Another year, Another Amazing total for Coldest Night of the Year

The Nelson Daily Staff
By The Nelson Daily Staff
February 26th, 2024

The Ready for Home program just received a major influx of cash thanks to another successful Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser Saturday afternoon in Nelson.

The Nelson Cares Society fundraiser raised almost $100,000 ($97,376 announced prior to the walk) for the program that aims to stop the cycle of homelessness and work one-on-one with individuals to maintain their stable, affordable housing.

“This is truly a community achievement” said Ron Little with a final tally of $99,447 announced Monday.

“It is the sponsors and donors that have made the success of Ward Street Place possible; thanks to all of you.”

The walkers were greeted by the enthusiastic sounds of the Moving Mosaic Samba Band and hit the streets after a few encouraging words from Nelson CARES Society Board Chair Ron Little, Nelson CARES Society Executive Director Jac Nobiss, Nelson CARES Housing Support Worker from Ward Street Place Noa Dagan, Nelson-Creston MLA (and CNOY volunteer) Brittny Anderson and Acting Mayor Rik Logtenberg (and CNOY volunteer)  —  delivered from the deck of a donated Home Hardware flat-deck truck.

Participants worked tirelessly during the past weeks to reach out to friends, family, and colleagues for donations to support their efforts.

The Ready for Home program provides transitional and stabilization supports for individuals with physical, emotional, and mental health challenges.

Supports include creating individual action plans, setting up appointments, providing referrals, and establishing a sense of belonging and community.

The Housing Support staff works closely with each of the 40 residents of Ward Street Place.

The data shows conclusively that if we can support people to stay housed for a period of two years, re-entry into homelessness is significantly diminished, and health outcomes are dramatically improved.

Saturday’s CNOY was the 10th anniversary of the event that has raised hundreds of thousands during its time.

Nelson’s Acting Mayor, Rik Logtenberg thanks the participants during Saturday’s CNOY.

Following opening ceremonies, walkers took to the streets of Nelson. — Photo courtesy Barbarich Photography

CNOY organizers are already starting to prepare for 2025.

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