People of Faith work to end Homelessness
In 2011, 23 dedicated leaders of faith and spiritual communities, including Archbishop Smith, first pledged their public support of efforts to end homelessness in Edmonton. For more information on the Capital Region Interfaith Initiative on Homelessness and Affordable Housing, check out https://interfaithhousinginitiative.wordpress.com.
Do you, your faith community or organization want to to get involved?
Download the new Congregational Housing Guide for 2015 for lots of great ideas.
Some more helpful links:
Homeward Trust - Homeless Connect
Homeward Trust Edmonton welcomes volunteers to assist in Homeless Connect, an event held twice a year at the Shaw Conference Centre. Homeless Connect provides a wide variety of free services to people experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless, all on one day and at one location.
If you are personable, energetic, and are interested in participating in this or other volunteer opportunities with Homeward Trust, please visit http://www.homewardtrust.ca/getinvolved/volunteer.php.
A Program of Catholic Social Services for People of ALL Faiths and Cultures
Welcome Home is a volunteer-based program that provides companionship to individuals and families making the transition from homelessness to home. Operating in collaboration with professional housing and support services and the Capital Region Interfaith Housing Initiative,it provides companionship to reduce the loneliness and social isolation faced by manynewly housed individuals. The relationships between the volunteers and programparticipants are based on openness and respect for the strengths and gifts of each person, and aim to assist the participants to feel truly at home in their new communities.
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Read an article published in the Western Catholic Reporter
Habitat for Humanity
Annual Interfaith Build
Each year members of various faith communities volunteer to work on a Habitat for Humanity building project. This is an excellent opportunity to work together as a community and help local families. There are many things you can help with: construction work, preparing lunch, cleaning, etc. Give yourself an opportunity to meet new people, make friends and help others. If you are interested in this or other ways to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, please visit http://www.h4h.org/get-involved.
Congregational Workshops: Homelessness and Affordable Housing
The Capital Region Interfaith Initiative on Homelessness and Affordable Housing is hosting congregational workshops throughout the city of Edmonton. These workshops will enable participants to respond compassionately to clients from Housing First agencies who, upon being housed, are often confronted with social isolation.
Check back regularly for an updated schedule of upcoming workshops!
For more information, contact Sister Mary Clare Stack at 780-471-1122.
Eliminate Poverty in Edmonton
Edmonton's Poverty Elimination Steering Committee unites 26 organizations under a shared vision to end poverty within a generation. A Poverty Elimination Strategy for Edmonton will address root causes; remove risks and shift attitudes and perceptions about poverty.
Since poverty elimination is a shared responsibility, all citizens, including those who live in poverty, must be part of the solution. This group will influence policy, be responsive to emerging issues and help diverse people speak in one voice.
For more information visit http://www.eliminatepovertyinedmonton.ca.