Edmonton Economic Development Corporation

Edmonton Economic Development Corporation

May 13, 2011 10:00 ET

Edmonton Economic Development Corporation: Homeless Connect Opens Doors for Homeless and At-Risk Edmontonians

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - May 13, 2011) - Media are invited to attend the sixth Homeless Connect Edmonton, a broad-based community-inspired initiative, providing free appropriate services to homeless people and those at risk of becoming homeless, on one day and at one location. 80 services will be available free of charge to guests.

Date: Sunday, May 15, 2011

Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Location: Halls A, B & C, Shaw Conference Centre (9797 Jasper Avenue)

Edmonton Transit Services will offer free rides to guests and volunteers, to and from the event. Guests have access to services such as haircuts, dentistry, eye-care, counseling, pre-natal support, laundry, employment services and housing information. Every guest receives a care package which 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, Dave McNaughton, income support specialist for Regional Support Services and
  • Colette Ries, managing director, Industry & Tourism Services for Edmonton Economic Development Corporation

Media are instructed to go to the information table when they arrive. There may also be opportunities for media to shadow guests and volunteers. Guests who do not wish to be photographed will be wearing a neon yellow sticker. We ask everyone to respect this. 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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