Project Description


The Coldest Night of the Year is a fantastically fun, family-friendly walking fundraiser that raises money for the hungry, homeless and hurting in over 100 communities across Canada. This event happens annually in February.  We are look forward to seeing some new faces each year, alongside some familiar ones! At Nelson CARES we reach out to support the most vulnerable people in the community. One of our goals is the preservation, maintenance and development of affordable housing in Nelson, British Columbia. The focus of the last three CNOY walks was the refurbishment of our downtown affordable housing building, Ward Street Place. In 2019 the funding focus will shift to support individuals with our Ready for Home program.

Our Ready For Home program provides supports to homeless individuals ready for housing, individuals newly housed and those at risk of losing their housing. At the core of Ready For Home is a paid staff member who works one-on-one with individuals to find housing, to transition into affordable housing and to sustain them in their existing accommodation.

At Nelson CARES respect for every individual is an ordinary everyday occurrence. Nelson CARES Society preserves and maintains affordable housing in Nelson, British Columbia.

Between March 1 and April 30, sixty-one designated communities across Canada will send teams of volunteers onto the streets and into shelters, transitional housing facilities and community service locations to seek information about the extent and nature of homelessness in our community. The information collected during the Point-in-Time Count will help to guide local, provincial/territorial and national responses to homelessness.

For the 2020 Coldest Night of the Year press release, click here.

Photo credit for 2020 photo’s, Bobbi Barbarich and Lucy Lopez.

Stephanie Myers
Nelson CARES Society
cell # 250.505.7410


Please Join us and show your respect to all individuals in our wonderful community.

Head to, and sign up to walk, volunteer or donate. and thank you!

CNOY 2019
CNOY 2020