The Regina YWCA is once again taking part in a national event called the Coldest Night of the Year.
The event is a family-friendly walk to raise awareness and donations for local homelessness and poverty programs and services.
YWCA Regina CEO Melissa Coomber-Bendsten says homelessness isn’t necessarily noticeable.
“It’s not the stereotypical ‘man sleeping on the street corner,’ hidden homelessness implies that while women and children may not be seen on the streets, they stay in violent relationships, are trading sex for shelters, are couch surfing from one place to another, or living in unhealthy, over-crowded and unsafe environments.”
Coomber-Bendsten says there is different lengths of the walk for people to choose.
“Our event has different lengths, we have a 2km, 5km, and 10km, so people can make appropriate choices based on the temperature, which is nice,” Coomber-Bendsten says. “We also have some of the piece around education, and fellowship, and talking about homelessness is done indoors, so hopefully people will stay warm during that part.”
The Coldest Night of the Year is a national event which takes place in more than 100 communities aross Canada including Regina and Saskatoon.