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Like thousands of Calgarians, June is yard clean up month at the CHF. This year, volunteers pitched in to help spruce-up five different properties: Claire Apartments, Longbow, Thorncliffe, Acadia and Bankview. Over 2 – 6 hours our teams of residents and community volunteers clipped and mowed, swept and planted and in general, made the world a whole lot prettier!
Spring has sprung and like homeowners throughout the City, CHF is digging into the earth, raking up debris and sprucing up its properties – all with the help of volunteers.
When I was hired by the Calgary Homeless Foundation in 2009, I soon realized one of my major challenges was to take over managing a major event known as PHC (Project Homeless Connect). It meant coordinating over 40 homeless serving agencies, organizing a caterer to serve 1000 meals in two hours, finding professionals who would cut hair on a Saturday, locating and transporting several thousand pieces of donated clothing, purchasing several hundred toiletry items to give away, to recruit, assign job descriptions and orient approximately 100 volunteers and then to lay out a floor plan for an exhibition pipe and drape, table and chair company so all these elements would fit and flow smoothly together. And to be in and out of the event venue in a 24 hour period.
On January 18, 2012, I had the chance to be part of Calgary's first homeless count since 2008. Approximately 200 people volunteered, including: Calgary Police Service, City of Calgary Bylaw officers, non-profit agency outreach teams, parking authority staff, and Calgary Stampede and the University of Calgary employees.
Project Homeless Connect 12 - May 28, 2011
In February 19, 2011, the CHF hosted Project Homeless Connect 11. Approximately 820 Calgarians experiencing or at risk of homelessness received services and supports from more than 40 agencies at the event, held at Suncor Energy Centre. Here are some of their stories, compiled by Scott Ranson, who volunteered to interview participants on the day.