Happy Holidays from Alan and Sheryl

This season, as we string lights around our roofs, cook turkeys in our kitchens and warm up by the fireplace with our loved ones, we think of those still waiting to enjoy the pleasures that comes with having a place to call home.

As we look back at the accomplishments of 2014, we are grateful of what RESOLVE, together with our Partners and so many committed Calgarians such as yourselves, have been able to achieve. Some highlights worthy of note include:

  • As of December 19, 2014, we have raised enough money to provide 889 keys to Calgarians experiencing homelessness – that’s 889 people who will get out of their own beds on Christmas morning instead of a shelter mat. We can’t think of a better gift!
  • Randy Findlay, Chairman of Pembina Pipeline’s Board of Directors and retired President of Provident Energy Trust, is the newest addition to the RESOLVE Cabinet. We are thrilled that Randy has joined us and look forward to working with him.
  • The preliminary results of the October 2014 Point-in-Time Homeless Count released in November indicate that the growth in the homeless population has halted. The homeless-serving system is working, providing affordable housing and the support needed to maintain homes. Still, though, there are 3,500 Calgarians in need of affordable and supported housing. RESOLVE is helping to address this by removing the logjam in the system. Support from committed people and organizations will ultimately provide housing for 3,000 homeless and vulnerable Calgarians.
  • We are proud of the difference RESOLVE is making. Watch “The RESOLVE Impact” to find out how.
  • We are excited to announce that Trico Homes is generously supporting Accessible Housing’s 45-unit RESOLVE project with a Champion gift. Thank you, Trico Homes!
  • RESOLVE launched its social media presence on December 3. Be a part of the conversation through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn. We will be reposting and retweeting our nine Partners so make sure to follow them as well. Help us spread the word about our collective RESOLVE to end the affordable housing crisis in Calgary.
  • Happy birthday to The Mustard Seed. The organization celebrated its 30th anniversary last month! To join in the celebration, do one thing to help the homeless as part of its 30 Days of Giving Hope campaign.

During this giving season, it comes naturally to be grateful for what we have and to think about those who are less fortunate. Enjoy all the best of the holidays and, after you’ve taken down the strings of lights and finished the last of your turkey leftovers, remember the difference you are making for homeless and vulnerable Calgarians who need our holiday spirit all year round.

For that, we thank you. May the coming year bring you, your family and all Calgarians joy and prosperity. Let’s resolve to make Calgary a better home for everyone in 2015.

Alan Norris
Chair, Calgarians Committed to Change Cabinet
President and CEO, Brookfield Residential Properties

Sheryl Barlage
Executive Director
RESOLVE Campaign