People of faith work to end homelessness
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 many newly housed individuals. The relationships between the volunteers and program participants 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.
- Welcome Home Volunteer Brochure
- Archbishop Smith’s Letter on Welcome Home
- 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 https://www.hfh.org/interfaith/.
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.