About The Inn

About The Inn

The INN is a 24/7 shelter that provides safety, support, and solutions to individuals 16 and over who are experiencing homelessness in St Thomas and Elgin County. We believe that everyone deserves a place to call home and a chance to live with dignity and hope.

Our Mission

“The INN St. Thomas-Elgin seeks to provide safe, temporary shelter to individuals 16 and over while supporting all basic human needs and reducing barriers to obtain housing.”

Our Vision

“That all people would be housed in a safe, comfortable, inclusive and supportive community.”

Our Services

  • Shelter: We provide safe, temporary accommodation, food, clothing, and other basic
    needs to our guests.
  • Support: We offer mental health and addiction support, health care, harm reduction
    services, and practical help like identification replacement and assistance with housing
    and Ontario Works applications.
  • Solutions: We work with our guests to help them find and maintain permanent housing,
    connect them with community resources, and empower them to achieve their goals.


The INN was founded in 2010 as Inn Out of the Cold St. Thomas-Elgin, a winter-only shelter operating at the Central United Church on Wellington Street1. Over the years, we have grown to become a year-round shelter and moved to our new location at 10 Princess Ave in 2022. We are funded in part by the United Way of Elgin and supported by many generous donors, volunteers, and partners.

We invite you to learn more about us, our guests, and our impact by exploring our website. You can also contact us, follow us on social media, or sign up for our newsletter to stay updated and get involved. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of people who are homeless in our community.


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If you are looking to get in touch for shelter support, fundraising, ways to donate, how to volunteer or any other topic related to our program and services. We are here to assist.