Out of the Cold Community Association provides low barrier, people-centred support rooted in anti-oppressive & harm reduction practices.

We began our work in 2007. The need for a low barrier shelter supporting individuals in the Halifax area rose when Pendelton Place closed. Pendleton Place was a safe shelter open to all genders. Their closure devastated the community and left those who couldn’t access other shelters in the city unsupported. Members of the community came together to respond to this need and formed Out of the Cold. 

We have an exceptional staff of compassionate and skilled folks who are equipped to provide a wide range of outreach and support to the people using our services. In 2020, our staff announced their successful unionization with SEIU (Service Employees’ International Union) Local 2. You can read more about the unionization here. We have a small but dedicated group of volunteers helping to organize the shelter and ensure our community has access to our supports and resources. 

We support individuals (16+) and couples of all genders who are experiencing homelessness and a variety of barriers to housing.

Barriers to housing may include
◦ poverty
◦ criminalization
◦ racism
◦ transphobia
◦ homophobia
◦ food insecurity
◦ inadequate access to physical & mental health supports
◦ challenges & stigma associated with alcohol and substance use
◦ varying levels of ability and life skills

Get to Know our Team

Read about our staff’s successful unionization

Headshot of Michelle Malette.

Michelle Malette (she/they)

Executive Director

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Kat Stein
(she/they)

Frontline Resident Support Worker (Fulltime)

Megan Malette
(she/her)

Frontline Resident Support Worker (Fulltime)

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Beaky Maclean
(they/them)

Custodian

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Preston Matthews
(he/him)

Frontline Resident Support Worker (Casual)

Rebecca Whitzman
(she/her)

Frontline Resident Support Worker (Casual)

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Rachael Gardiner
(she/her)

Frontline Resident Support Worker (Casual)

B. Amanda Dickie
(she/they)

Frontline Resident Support Worker (Casual)

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Gus Richardson (they/them)

Outreach & Case Management

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Jenn Smith
(she/her)

Frontline Resident Support Worker (Fulltime)

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Stephanie Lent
(she/her)

Frontline Resident Support Worker (Fulltime)

Doreen Logan
(she/her)

Finance Manager 

Lindsay Vandewater
(she/they)

Frontline Resident Support Worker (Fulltime)

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Marleigh Smith
(they/she)

Frontline Resident Support Worker (Fulltime)

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Peter-Blair MN
(he/they)

Frontline Resident Support Worker (Fulltime)

Kaylie Mackeen.(she/her)

Frontline Resident Support Worker (Casual)

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Chloe Budd (she/her)

Shelter Coordinator

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Campbell McClintock
(he/they)

Frontline Resident Support Worker (Fulltime)

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Bradley Gamble
(he/him)

Frontline Resident Support Worker (Fulltime)

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Eileen Roth
(she/her)

Frontline Resident Support Worker (Fulltime)

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Natalie Richter
(she/they)

Frontline Resident Support Worker (Fulltime)

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Shawn Wilson
(he/him)

Frontline Resident Support Worker (Fulltime)

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Wesley Smith
(he/they)

Frontline Resident Support Worker (Casual)

Becca Chilvers
(she/they)

Frontline Resident Support Worker (Casual)

Are you interested in working with Out of the Cold and your community?

Check out our open positions and send your resume to shelter@outofthecold-hfx.ca