OOTC³ is a registered non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that was established in February 2011 by the Community Safety Net (CSN) which serves residents of Centre County, Pennsylvania.
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Out of the Cold will care for the unsheltered in Centre County, working toward a day when homelessness is a rare, brief, and one time event.
Out of the Cold is a community supported organization that answers the call to serve those experiencing homelessness in our community by providing shelter, food, and support services during the transition to permanent housing.
Believing that transformation occurs within relationships, we will foster and grow a welcoming community in which guests and volunteers respect one another, serve with integrity, and extend grace and love unconditionally, intentionally building deep and lasting relationships, thus laying a firm foundation for change.
Recognizing the complex factors that lead to homelessness, we will help each guest identify and set realistic and achievable goals for a safe, sustainable and bright future by addressing financial, relational, spiritual, physical and mental health challenges as desired. We will strive to recognize each other’s differences and capabilities and will make adaptations to meet individual needs, partnering with other community agencies and resources as appropriate. We will not shy away from difficult cases that require additional measures of grace, understanding, perseverance or resources.
Agreeing that we are strong together, we will seek to foster and grow community by recognizing the intrinsic value of each of our guests, honestly embracing diversity and welcoming all races, classes, genders, sexual orientations, ethnicities, and belief systems. Acknowledging that homelessness impacts the entire Centre Region, and that effective collaboration benefits everyone, we will intentionally build relationships with all those in our community.
Create a Culture of Safety
Desiring to keep all guests, staff, and volunteers safe, we will make safety a priority. We will regularly review guidelines and procedures and will provide training opportunities for all staff and volunteers.