Progress Made on 10 Year Plan
On June 23, the CHF hosted its annual general meeting to celebrate progress. From January 2008 to March 2011, more than 2,660 people received homes and the help they needed to sustain them. During the same time period, 3,051 affordable housing units were funded. This year, the CHF is working with agencies to build a more coordinated and efficient homeless-serving system. There is some concern about the impact a boomtown economy could have on those at risk of or experiencing homelessness. To read the news release, 2011 Report to the Community and Financial Report go to calgaryhomeless.com.
At the meeting, David Bissett, Gary Nissen, First Calgary Financial and Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP received personalized 10 Year Plan countdown clocks for their exceptional contributions. As well, Randy played the piano, Colette made gourmet cupcakes and the Inn From The Cold shared their video on the scope of homelessness. View photos.
Mark Horvath in Calgary July 14 - 17
It's not just the Royal couple coming to Calgary this July. Mark Horvath of InvisiblePeople.TV will be here interviewing Calgarians experiencing homelessness July 14 - 17, as part of his across-Canada tour. For details on his tour and stops in Calgary, please contact Sean French at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Calgary is accepting scholarship applications for this fall's Working with Homeless Populations Certificate Program. The CHF and the Faculty of Social Work developed the program for front-line employees and volunteers from non-profit organizations and faith groups as they help people end their homelessness. Learn more.
Scott, a regular Project Homeless Connect (PHC) volunteer, has written about the individuals he met while volunteering at PHC 12 in May. Read about his experience on the CHF's new blog.
On June 4, volunteers from Westside King's Church came out with a positive spirit and mighty muscles to clean up the yards around the CHF's affordable housing building in Bowness. Young and old planted flowers, shoveled mulch, edged grass and trimmed trees. The church also paid for a beautiful new fence at the front of the building. Thank you to volunteers from the church, as well as to Greengate Garden Centres, Blue Grass Nursery and Tim Hortons Signal Hill for contributing to the day.