When families arrive at the Inn from the Cold shelter they do so in a period of crisis and trauma. Staff at the Inn do their best to wrap them in warmth and welcome the entire family to stay together. They live in semi-private cubicles until they can get back on their feet, in a sanctuary providing stability and safety to families in need.
Every month a group is welcomed to the Inn to host a birthday party for the kids and families who live there. It provides a break in the routine, and a special treat for everyone. On February 24, a dozen enthusiastic SAIT alumni and friends volunteered their time to put on an exciting party as part of the 100 Projects Project. They decorated the rooms in streamers, balloons and `Happy Birthday` signs to create a fun birthday party atmosphere for the more than 30 kids and parents who would be participating.
The evening started off with a show by “Funny Juggler” Paul Isaak who had everyone from the littlest kids, to the oldest adults in hysterics during his show. There were crafts to make, including decorating and making their own buttons, provided by SAITSA, and games to play. What would a birthday be without cake, and if you’re going to be creating an epic birthday party, well then there better be two – chocolate and vanilla. The cake and ice cream, provided by the Inn, was the cherry on top of a fantastic evening. The hour-long party flew by!
It was an inspiring night for the volunteers, and a fun diversion for the kids and families who took part.