Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Calgary Pending Demolition of McHugh House

LOGO CentennialFor a numbers of years now the Calgary Catholic Diocese has been running our Elizabeth House program at what used to be known as “McHugh House. Elizabeth House – a haven for young women who are pregnant with nowhere else to go – began as a partnership with the Sisters of Charity of St. Louis in 1996.  The program puts love and justice into action by wrapping these women in the warm environment of family.  The physical, emotional and spiritual needs of these young mothers are met through guidance, counselling, education and referrals to services in the community. They are learning how to raise a healthy family of their own. With the passage of time we have had to confront several facilities issues and have utilized the professional facilities assessment services of Apache Consulting, Wiebe Forest Engineering, Chinook Environment, and International Asbestos Testing Laboratories. Based on the results and our concern for the health and safety of the moms and babies, we have determined that we needed immediate action to relocate Elizabeth House, and that the repairs and general maintenance of “McHugh House” were financially prohibitive, and the decision was taken to demolish the building asap.

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Hike for Hospice Calgary with Rob Cote at Fish Creek Park on May 5

Hospice CalgarySpring is in the air and that means it’s time to Hike for Hospice Calgary! On Sunday, May 5, join Calgary Stampeder, Rob Cote at Fish Creek Park to remember loved ones and raise funds for Sage Centre and Rosedale Hospice. The hike kicks off at 10 and will be followed by a free BBQ lunch. Register early and start fundraising. Hospice Calgary embraces children, teens and adults coping with life-threatening illness, sudden or expected death. They provide individual counselling, group support, workshops and end-of-life care. To register for the Hike go to hospicecalgary.com

Provincial Budget Recognizes Critical Need for Women’s Shelter Services

Calgary Women's SheltersThe new Provincial budget recognizes the critical need for women’s shelter services by including a 5% increase to the salaries/benefits for contracted agencies, and a similar increase in on ‐ reserve women’s shelters’ per diems. “The government was clearly influenced by Albertans who stated this fall that Alberta has one of the highest rates of family violence and abuse in Canada – and this is unacceptable,” says Lisa Falkowsky, Executive Director of the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter. “The Premier listened to Albertans, and also honoured her election commitment to increase wages of employees of women’s shelters because they are substantially lower than other similar public service positions.” The Government of Alberta currently provides a portion of funding for some of the women’s shelters in Calgary. The increase is only for the wages and benefits portion of funding contract.

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Renowned Expert Sheds Light on Hoarding | Calgary & Edmonton | February 27 to March 1, 2013

Calgary Family ServicesOn February 27, you are invited to join Dr. Christiana Bratiotis as she speaks about the dynamics of hoarding, and its impact on ourselves, our families and our communities. This presentation is for anyone who struggles with hoarding, concerned family and friends, and members of the general public. Hoarding disorder frequently results in eviction, homelessness and financial disaster. It is a serious condition that threatens the health, the safety and even the lives of people who suffer from it. The conditions of the home of someone with hoarding disorder can also endanger the health and safety of family members, neighbours and first responders such as firefighters and police.

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Strategic Social Media Plans for NonProfit Organizations Workshop | Calgary | February 7, 2013

Social Media Plans WorkshopWhether you’re a team of one or a team of many, social media is an essential communications tool. In today’s social media world, every supporter is a potential reporter and every employee is a potential marketer. Social media offers nonprofit organizations an unrivalled opportunity to speak directly to the people most likely to be interested in supporting their mission. These tools also make it easy to conduct market research and track awareness of  issues and causes. The challenge is that with so many social media tools to choose from, how do you choose the right tools? And with limited time to work with, where do you start?

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