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December 21, 2017

Home for vulnerable, impoverished women officially opens on bittersweet note

Celebrations to mark the opening of a multi-unit home for homeless, substance-addicted women was marred by the death of one of its tenants. The woman’s death Wednesday night points to the realities of substance abuse, mental health and poverty issues that the new $4.7-million building aims to address, said Kathy Christiansen, executive director of the Alpha House Society, which operates the Albert Park residence. Complete story >

December 19, 2017

Resolve Campaign striving to help thousands of Calgarians

The Resolve Campaign is hoping people will make a holiday donation so they can build affordable rental housing and support services. They said it’s urgently needed by up to 3,000 homeless and vulnerable Calgarians. Campaign organizers said they are in the final four months of fundraising and they have enough money right now to provide help to close to 1,600 people. Complete story >


December 2, 2017

Incentives wanted for inclusionary housing

The new Municipal Government Act (MGA) includes legislation for inclusionary housing. The consensus is not whether inclusionary housing will happen but when, and in what form. The legislation means that, sometime in the near future in Alberta, specified new developments must have a certain percentage of units that are identified as affordable housing and sold/rented for less than market value. Complete story >

December 2, 2017

Celebrating 21 years of philanthropy in Calgary

There was a time our beloved city was ranked the most philanthropic metropolis in North America (on a per-capita basis). We’ve lost those bragging rights, but make no mistake. Calgarians are still among the most generous citizens on the planet. One need look no further for evidence than those individuals and organizations honoured with the Generosity of Spirit Awards at the National Philanthropy Day luncheon Nov. 15 in the BMO Centre at Stampede Park. Hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Calgary and Area Chapter, the inspirational event has been saluting those who give of their time, talent and treasure for 21 years. Complete story >

December 1, 2017

Meet the developer behind Calgary’s first fully automated apartments for people with disabilities

The push of a button or a simple voice command can turn on the lights, adjust the temperature, open blinds and change the TV channel — all thanks to a Calgary developer who has found a way to fully automate daily tasks to help people with limited mobility live independently. His technology will be used the city’s first fully automated assisted living apartment building, Inclusio. Complete story >

November 15, 2017

Shaw Charity Classic tops $22 million charitable giving

Canadians made a major mark on the fifth anniversary of Calgary’s Shaw Charity Classic by chipping in to raise a record $8,391,413 for 159 youth-based charities across Alberta. The fifth straight record-setting donation for any event on the PGA TOUR Champions now brings the award-winning tournament’s fundraising totals to more than $22.1 million. Complete story >

November 10, 2017

Jay Westman’s philanthropy celebrated with prestigious award

Known as a pacesetter in Calgary’s residential industry, Jay Westman is now being lauded for his leading work in a different role. The chairman and CEO of Jayman Built — a longtime contributor to a variety of causes in the city — will this week be celebrated as the recipient of the 2017 Doc Seaman Individual Philanthropist Award through the Association of Fundraising Professionals Calgary and Area Chapter Generosity of Spirit Awards. Complete story >

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November 4, 2017

Homelessness unmasked at Seeds of Hope Gala

Shocking as it may seem, homelessness exists in Calgary on a surprisingly large scale. But thanks to the success of The Mustard Seed’s annual Seeds of Hope Gala, hope and dignity can be restored to those in our community who need it most. The gala is a true testament to the strength of our city and the legacy of care and compassion that the Seed offers men and women experiencing homelessness and poverty. Complete story >

October 19, 2017

Resolution and RESOLVE

Mental health struggles and associated financial troubles tore Bob Patrick’s world apart. But getting a big break on rent several years ago was key to him rebuilding his life. “I was trapped and didn’t know what to do or where to go and then mental illness kicked in and it was a downward spiral,” the 57-year-old says. Complete story >

September 26, 2017

Belief in the importance of philanthropy started at a young age for businessman Jim Gray

Well-known Calgary businessman Jim Gray learned the importance of giving at an early age. Gray grew up in Kirkland Lake, Ont., and his father was in charge of the Children’s Aid Society there. “It always impacted me that he was working with young children, homeless families and things of this nature even though I didn’t realize it at the time,” says Gray, this year’s recipient of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Calgary and Area Chapter’s Lifetime Philanthropist Award. Complete story >

August 18, 2017

Parker: Trico Homes has much on its community plate

One block north of 16th Avenue at the corner of 8th Street N.W., Trico Homes construction crews are already working at street level on a new 44-unit residential building that addresses the need for affordable and accessible housing in Calgary. Complete story >

August 9, 2017

Strength in numbers: Calgary is coming together to win the war on homelessness

What a difference a year can make. The City of Calgary launched its affordable housing strategy in July 2016, aiming for a more unified approach to building more housing for low-income individuals and families. Since then, a lot has happened, according to groups that provide housing for low-income Calgarians. Complete story >

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June 28, 2017

Alberta 150: The software guru, the skier and the builders

In honour of Canada’s sesquicentennial, Alberta media outlets are profiling 150 Albertans who helped shape our province and Canada. Those profiled included Alberta homebuilders, including the group of homebuilders who are collaborating in support of the RESOLVE Campaign. Complete story >

Donations for Chrissy Archibald continue to pour in with #ChrissySentMe effort

A memorial for Chrissy grows at Calgary Alpha House Society, where Chrissy worked as a social worker and where her family asked donations be made. Kathy Christiansen said Monday $30,000 has been raised through the #ChrissySentMe initiative. “This is the perfect antidote to difficult things, to hatred, is this outpouring of kindness. And I think people have grasped onto that,” she said. Complete story >

March 13, 2017

‘I am more than my criminal record’: New Calgary campaign looks beyond job seekers’ pasts

A new campaign aims to reduce stigma for Calgarians with criminal records who are looking for jobs. The Calgary John Howard Society launched a public education initiative called “I Am More Than My Criminal Record” earlier this month. “This campaign is about showcasing these individuals’ lives and who they think they are and giving voice to them,” said Cristina Amaro Benzaquen, employment partnership specialist at the society, to the Calgary Eyeopener. Complete story >

December 4, 2016

Calgary Herald Christmas Fund 2016: Helping others to heal

The Calgary Alpha House Society, a recipient of the 2016 Calgary Herald Christmas Fund has been providing a safe and caring environment for men and women with alcohol and drug addictions for more than three decades. Kathy Christiansen, Executive Director of Calgary Alpha House Society believes in letting the client lead the way in their recovery process, she says “I thin it is all about human dignity and meeting people where they’re at.” Because half of their client base is of indigenous background, much of Christiansen’s focus has been on expanding her team’s offerings to incorporate such cultural traditions as sweat lodges, smudge ceremonies and sharing circles. “When people are connected to the sources helpful to them, they begin to make better decisions for themselves,” says Christiansen. “People are complex,” she says. “In order for them to even begin healing, we must first build trusting relationships,” a process, she adds, that takes time and requires assistance on everything from housing to getting to the heart of an individual’s addiction. Helping others to heal — whether from a traumatic life event, a mental illness or addiction — is a task not for the faint of heart. Complete story >

December 2, 2016

Calgary Homeless Count (Interview with Diana Krecsy)

Calgary Homeless Count – Where Calgary’s homeless numbers are at and what needs to happen to get them to stay low. On-air interview with Diana Krecsy, President and CEO of the Calgary Homeless Foundation. Complete story >

December 2, 2016

RESOLVE, StreetSide bring new beginnings with first fully accessible building

On Nov. 24, the RESOLVE Campaign, Calgary Homeless Foundation, StreetSide Developments: A Qualico Company, and Calgary Alpha House Society unveiled Aurora on the Park in the city’s northwest, providing fully accessible, permanent rental housing with supports for 25 formerly homeless and vulnerable Calgarians. “People who have lived in homelessness for a long time, many have disabilities,” says Diana Krecsy, president and CEO, Calgary Homeless Foundation. “This type of unity, where we’re getting people out of homelessness into age appropriate, mobility appropriate supports…it’s a new beginning,” Krecsy continued. Complete story >

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November 30, 2016

Calgary’s Mustard Seed says it is in critical need of donations

The Mustard Seed has put out a plea for donations, as they said they cannot keep up with the growing needs of homeless men and women in Calgary. They explained that the organization usually receives a majority of their donations over the holidays, but with the current economic conditions in our city, donations were down last year. That, combined with the increasing need in their emergency shelters, has compounded the problem. On The Mustard Seed’s wishlist of most needed items is: socks, underwear, toothbrushes and toothpaste. All donations can be made at all Calgary London Drugs locations until Dec. 24th. Complete story >

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