Edmonton’s First Interfaith Build to Begin in May

Habitat for Humanity volunteers gather at Anderson Gardens’ dedication ceremony.
A new partnership between Habitat for Humanity Edmonton and the Capital Region Interfaith Initiative will see volunteers assisting with our community’s first Interfaith Build. The initiative will begin May 2nd and will conclude on May 31st.

With support from the Capital Region Interfaith Housing Initiative, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton will recruit five volunteers per day up to a maximum of 110 from various faith communities. These individuals will work alongside other Habitat for Humanity Edmonton volunteers to assist with various tasks at the Anderson Gardens build site, which is Habitat for Humanity Edmonton’s largest project to date.

Volunteer shifts will commence Tuesdays to Saturdays from 8:30 pm – 4:30 pm, with the exception of May 19th, the long weekend Monday. Volunteers are encouraged to sign up for as many or as few shifts as they prefer.

Congratulations to Habitat for Humanity Edmonton and the Capital Region Interfaith Initiative for spearheading such an important and exciting project.

For more information about the Edmonton Interfaith Build, contact Angela at angela@hfh.org or phone 780-451-3416 ext 223.

From Homeless to Business Tycoon

The Edmonton Chamber of Commerce and the Homeless Commission present:

From Homeless to Business Tycoon, Frank O’Dea, founder of Second Cup

Over the last three years, more than 1,600 people have been housed under Edmonton’s Plan to End Homelessness.  Internationally renowned entrepreneur Frank O’Dea, who founded Second Cup, the largest chain of gourmet coffees and teas in the country, fully understands the struggle of beginning a new life off the streets. In his early teens, Frank’s life went off the rails into a downward spiral. Now, a successful businessman, Frank has always believed in the importance of giving back to the community.  Join fellow business people at this unique opportunity to hear Frank speak, and have a chance to personally make an impact in the goal to end homelessness in Edmonton.

Thursday, May 3, 2012
Crowne Plaza, Chateau Lacombe
10111 Bellamy Hill
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Tickets: $49.95 Members (+GST)
$69.95 Non-Members (+GST)
Tables of 8 Available

Registration Forms available at: http://www.edmontonchamber.com/

Habitat for Humanity Interfaith Build

One of the strategies in the “Congregational Housing Action Guide” is for local faith congregations to partner with Habitat for Humanity in the construction of affordable housing units. In May, members of Edmonton faith communities are invited to move from words to action to provide affordable housing for local families. Habitat for Humanity is hosting Edmonton’s first ever Interfaith Build. This initiative will occur at the Anderson Gardens build site in NE Edmonton. The Interfaith Build will begin May 2nd and conclude on May 31st. Five volunteers per day will be recruited from the various faith communities to help us with various tasks. The recruitment will occur through the faith communities themselves. The Interfaith Build volunteers will be working alongside other volunteers as this project accommodates a large number of people daily. Shifts are Tuesdays to Saturdays from 8:30 – 4 pm, except for May 19th, as it is the long weekend. Volunteers are welcome to sign up for as many or few shifts as they like. More information is included on the attachments.
Contact Angela for more information: angela@hfh.org or 780-451-3416 ext 223.

Congregational Workshop on Homelessness and Affordable Housing

We will be presenting an introductory workshop on homelessness and affordable housing for members of local congregations. The workshop is designed to help congregations discern social justice commitments appropriate for their community, addressing homelessness being one possible response. It will be an opportunity to learn about the different strategies suggested in the Congregational Action Guide. It will also be an opportunity to learn more about how members of your congregation can volunteer with the newly launched Welcome Home program. This workshop will be available for use with members of local faith congregations in the Edmonton region. Anyone interested is invited to participate in one of the following sessions:

Tuesday, April 24 from 10 am to 12 noon at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, 8421-101 Avenue
Wednesday, April 25 from 7-9 pm at the Unitarian Church of Edmonton, 10804-119 Street

For more information, contact:Brian Kiely, brikie@aol.com or Bob McKeon, sjustice@caedm.ca or (780) 469-1010