Recently Andrew Gunn and I met with Sandy Westaway, who runs the Inn Out of the Cold shelter in St. Thomas. Needless to say, I learned a lot about the homeless people in our small town and the details shocked me. A significant number of people are homeless and rely on the shelter to provide clothing, food, emotional support, and a warm bed. This is why the shelter is trying to get funding to operate year-round. The people that they help are the ones who need assistance the most. Most of them cannot hold jobs for one reason or another, have health issues, or are addicted to drugs. Many need consistent help. The Inn Out of the Cold provides this service, but only for six months out of twelve. From November 2018 to April 2019, the Inn welcomed 232 guests with roughly half of those individuals needing to stay overnight at least once.