In Edmonton, it estimated roughly 1,600 people are experiencing homelessness as of September 2019 according to Homeward Trust Edmonton which can be daunting considering the cold winter months and this week is a friendly reminder how miserable winter can be. Fortunately, Edmonton has been successful in reducing homelessness where numbers soared in the early 2000s with a high of 3,000 people living on the streets in 2008. Change was required to shift this pattern that led to the City of Edmonton plan to end homelessness in 2009. The success of this initiative has been made possible with community support and organizations devoted to aiding people get back on their feet.
This year, on May 1st, I will be participating with my team, the Puckaneers, in the Hockey Helps the Homeless Edmonton Tournament raising awareness and funding for two local homeless support agencies in Edmonton with 100% of the proceeds staying local. To date, tournaments held in Edmonton have raised over $800,000 and the goal this year is set at $250,000. This year, funds raised are going directly to support the Jasper Place Wellness Centre and The Mustard Seed to help end homelessness in Edmonton.
Jasper Place Wellness Centre
The Jasper Place Wellness Centre is an Edmonton based charity that focuses on an entrepreneurial approach to 5 critical areas of community growth to end homelessness; Housing/Development, Employment, Education, Health Care, and Food Security.
The Mustard Seed
The Mustard Seed has been focused on eliminating homelessness and reducing poverty in Edmonton since 1984. The organization provides basic services, housing, and support programs to those in need and works to build hope and well being for our most vulnerable citizens.
Be a game changer today by supporting the cause in supporting long-term initiatives to eliminate homelessness!
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Thank you for your support.