Wanting to demonstrate the fact that if we all pull together we could end homelessness in our society, CHES is putting on a ‘Pull-a-Thon‘ on October 20th. Aaron, our COO, will be pulling a tandem set of shopping carts for 10 hours straight back and forth along the Calgary Bow River bicycle path from Crowchild Trail to the East Village. As well, in addition to spreading our message, we will also be encouraging Calgarians to come down, get their picture taken while “pulling” the carts AND to make him work harder by filling up the shopping carts with non-perishable food items. These items will then be donated to the Calgary Food Bank.
But, in order to make this endeavor a huge success, we need your help!
We hope that you will help us spread the word by passing along the details of our event to anyone who you believe may be supportive of our cause. And, if you have a half an hour free that day, we would love to welcome you as a “Shopping Cart Ally” to walk along the pathway with Aaron. It will be a fun way to stand up for a cause, donate to the Calgary Food Bank, and get a little exercise all at the same time. I believe they call that win-win ~ so come on out and join us!
At this time we would like to take this opportunity to share with you a little bit more information about the focus of our agency and services. With the Calgary 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness in full swing, it has been shown that an individual can successfully make the transition from homelessness into a safe living environment. However, a safe living environment is just the initial step toward long-term independent living and alone does not ensure that an individual fully integrates back into society. Supports, designed to remove all barriers, beyond just lack of housing, are also required. Providing an individual with supports such as Homeless Legal Advocacy and Supported Employment services, in conjunction with mainstream services such as housing, addiction and mental health supports is the surest way to ensure independent living is achieved.
I would like to thank you up front for taking the time and effort to help us in this endeavor.
Your support is greatly appreciated!
- One person can make a difference
- Choose to be one of those people
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