2011 Community Summit Feedback
On March 10, about 350 people met to build on the momentum already in place to make lasting change to Calgary's homeless-serving system. Congratulations to the Arthur R. Smith Award recipients, who received recognition during a lunch ceremony. More on the award recipients, a summary of the World Cafe discussions and Sue Marshall's presentation are available online. While in Calgary, Mark Horvath did a video interview with Terry, who has been homeless for 50 years and is dying of cancer, and Donny, who is still sleeping in the streets. It's all here.
Students "Flash" Campus to Help End Homelessness
The CHF worked with a group of Mount Royal University students to fight stereotypes on campus about homelessness in Calgary. They held a series of flash mobs to build awareness that anyone can experience homelessness, given certain circumstances. The flash mobs, plus advertising like washroom mirror decals saying "this is the face of homelessness," led up to the event "don't ignore me." Mayor Nenshi contributed a video, Chaz Smith shared his story of youth homelessness and agencies provided volunteer information. See video and photos on the "don't ignore me" Facebook page.
A Place to Call Home: Acadia Place
Ten Christian denominations with more than 130 churches joined forces to help families living at an affordable housing complex owned by the CHF in southeast Calgary. The fundraising campaign will see KAIROS Calgary aim to raise $1.5 million to pay down half of the property's mortgage. By reducing the financing costs on the mortgage, the CHF can reduce break-even rents, making them more affordable for families in most need. Volunteers from participating churches will help by providing support to families and pitching in on building projects. Learn more at www.acadiaplace.com or view photos of the campaign launch on Facebook.
Calgary Flames Foundation Helps Raise $33,000
On March 15, the CHF partnered with the Calgary Flames Foundation and entertainer, Tom Jackson, to share in the proceeds from the 50/50 raffled at the Calgary Flames game against the Phoenix Coyotes. The event raised $33,000 for the CHF! Tom Jackson also produced public service announcements and radio spots with the CHF.
Community Action Committee is online!
The CAC represents a collective, community voice, which recommends strategy and direction to the CHF in support of Calgary's 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness. In the CAC section of our website, you will find information and updates for each homeless-serving sector.
The next Project Homeless Connect will be held on May 28, 2011 at the Suncor Energy Center. This event is sponsored by Burnet, Duckworth and Palmer LLP.