For the last 15 years, the Archdiocese of Edmonton has participated in an ecumenical justice housing initiative called No Room in the Inn, based on the biblical story of Mary and Joseph being homeless after discovering that there was no room in the inn in Bethlehem the night that Jesus was born.
No Room in the Inn appeals to the people of churches in Edmonton and area at Christmas time to think about those living in our community who do not have adequate and safe housing.
In past years, parishes have contributed in different ways. Some share directly from the parish Christmas Eve collection. Some invite parishioners to contribute through a special Sunday offering. Others do a special fundraiser or make a special parish donation.
Each year the No Room in the Inn Committee selects a specific affordable housing project and organizational sponsor to support. This year’s offering will assist with renovations to A Safe Place, a shelter for women and their children fleeing abuse, operated by the Strathcona Shelter Society Ltd.
In 2015-2016, A Safe Place provided accommodation to 567 women and children and answered 2,000 crisis calls. After more than 30 years of operation, the shelter now requires substantial upgrading to meet building code requirements and provide a welcoming environment for the vulnerable and at-risk women they serve.
Donations to the 2016 No Room in the Inn campaign will help with the installation of new bathrooms and appliances, repairs and improvements to plumbing, electrical and ventilation systems, and enhancements to bedrooms and common areas.
This Christmas, please be a blessing to A Safe Place and its mission by making a gift to No Room in the Inn.
How to Donate
- Make a cheque payable to your parish and enter “No Room in the Inn” in the memo line. Drop the cheque in the Sunday collection basket or mail it to your parish. The parish will forward donations to A Safe Place.
- Make a cheque payable to Strathcona Shelter Society Ltd. and enter “No Room in the Inn” in the memo line and mail it to:
A Safe Place
PO Box 3282
Sherwood Park, AB T8H 2T2
Please DO NOT make cheques payable to No Room in the Inn.
For more details about the Christmas 2016 campaign and how your parish can get involved, contact Julien Hammond, Chair of the No Room in the Inn Committee, at 780-469-1010 ext. 2133.