Calgary Homeless Foundation

Calgary Homeless Foundation

April 04, 2011 18:32 ET

Calgary Homeless Foundation: Media Advisory

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - April 4, 2011) -

YWCA of Calgary celebrates new Housing First program in partnership with the Calgary Homeless Foundation and First Calgary Financial Wednesday, April 6, 2011

What: Cupcake-decorating party for women who previously experienced homelessness as they receive permanent housing at The Ophelia with support by the YWCA in partnership with the Calgary Homeless Foundation and First Calgary Financial. The program is built on the "Housing First" model, where the priority is to quickly move people experiencing homelessness into appropriate housing first and then begin to work on the issues that contributed to their homelessness from the stability and safety of a home. This program is unique in that it helps to fill a gap in the housing market for strictly single homeless women.
   
When: Wednesday, April 6, 2011, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
  The formal program will go from 12:00 to 12:30 and media interviews will occur from 12:30 to 1:00 p.m.
   
Where: The Ophelia apartment complex in Lower Mount Royal.
  Note: to protect the residents of The Ophelia, some of whom may be victims of domestic violence, the address will be provided upon request.

Photo Opportunities:

Cupcake decorating with residents of The Ophelia

On-site interview opportunities with:

  • Edmee Comstock, a Metis Elder who will bless residents
  • Carrie Daniels, one of the first residents to move into The Ophelia
  • Jonathan Denis, Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs
  • Paul Kelly, President and CEO, First Calgary Financial
  • Robina King, most recent tenant to move into The Ophelia
  • Tim Richter, President and CEO, Calgary Homeless Foundation
  • Susan Scott, author of "All Our Sisters - Stories of Homeless Women in Canada"
  • Sue Tomney, CEO, YWCA of Calgary

Contact Information

  • YWCA of Calgary
    Silvana Saccomani
    403.705.5779 or Cell: 403.874.5266
    or
    Calgary Homeless Foundation
    Andrea Ranson
    403.718.8539 or Cell: 403.807.7777