Edmonton Economic Development Corporation

Edmonton Economic Development Corporation

April 24, 2012 14:43 ET

Community Organizations Lend a Hand to Edmonton's Homeless

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - April 24, 2012) - Media are invited to attend the eighth Homeless Connect Edmonton. Providing free essential services to homeless and at-risk individuals, Homeless Connect is a community event that brings together agencies, businesses and volunteers all under one roof.

Date: Sunday, April 29, 2012

Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Location: Halls A, B & C, Shaw Conference Centre

Edmonton Transit Services (ETS) will offer free rides to guests to and from the event. Guests will have access to services such as haircuts, dentistry, eye-care, counseling, pre-natal support, laundry, employment services and housing information. Every guest will receive a care package that includes personal care products.

The following event organizers will be available for interviews:

- Susan McGee, executive director of Homeward Trust

- Homeless Connect Edmonton co-chairs, Judy Downey, supervisor, Landlord and Tenant Advisory Board Housing and Economic Sustainability Sustainable Development and

- Colette Ries, director, corporate services, Women Building Futures

Media are instructed to go to the information table when they arrive. Opportunities to shadow guests and volunteers may be available. Please note that guests who do not wish to be photographed will wear a neon yellow sticker. If interested, please inquire at the media table.

Homeless Connect Edmonton is organized by volunteer committees that provide direction and support for the event. Homeward Trust Edmonton, a not-for-profit organization providing leadership and resources towards ending homelessness, coordinates the overall work plan and ensures the event aligns with related Edmonton initiatives. For more information, visit www.homelessconnect.ca

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