Homelessness does exist.

Those are the words from David Studham, director of the 3rd Annual Coldest Night of the Year walk-o-thon event happening in Pembroke on February 23rd.

He says Family & Children’s Services of Renfrew County are partnering up with The Grind in Pembroke to host a two, five or ten kilometer walk. Walkers will venture out in the streets of Pembroke around 5:15 he says and should be strolling back in around 8:00 for a hot dinner.

When it comes to homelessness, Studham points out that The Grind in Pembroke provided shelter for 157 adults last year. He says that comes out to 288 client nights of accommodation. He says that they also offer wrap-up services and try to understand what’s leading them to be homeless and try to offer solutions.

In terms of Renfrew County’s youth, he says they’ve provided 40 beds and additional services for the young ones.

The event’s goal, Coldest Night of the Year, is to raise money and awareness for homeless people in our community. He says that as of now, they’ve raised 33% of their $50 000 goal.

There are 33 teams and 127 walkers registered so far for the event held on February 23rd. For more information, to participate or to donate, click here.