Click here to close now.


News Feed Item

Homeless Connect Offers Over 1,500 Community Members in Need Access to 70+ Services in One Day

EDMONTON, ALBERTA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/04/14 -- This Sunday, over 70 community organizations will come together for the twelfth Homeless Connect Edmonton-the largest event of its kind in Canada-at the Shaw Conference Centre. Government services, not-for-profits, businesses and volunteers come together to provide free essential services to more than 1,500 guests who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

"This is the twelfth Homeless Connect and, especially with the change in seasons, these services are still very-much in demand. By providing these essential services in one place, on one day, people learn about different services available and service providers are able to work together in one location," says Susan McGee, CEO of Homeward Trust Edmonton.

Throughout the day, service providers work together to provide both essential and dignity enhancing services such as tax services, eye exams and referrals, housing services, laundry services, long distance calling, clothing supply, haircuts and counselling services.

Homeward Trust coordinates Homeless Connect through collaboration with Edmonton Economic Development, Shaw Conference Centre and community leaders representing various sector organizations and agencies.

"The Shaw Conference Centre is a proud founding partner of Homeless Connect. This community-inspired initiative contributes to the Edmonton's 10 year Plan to End Homelessness, and our community's continued efforts and generosity are influencing similar events around Canada," says Cliff Higuchi, vice president and general manager of the Shaw Conference Centre.

Homeless Connect takes place twice a year at the Shaw Conference Centre. The convention centre is a proud founding partner of the event, contributing over $83,000 annually in services plus hundreds of hours of staff volunteer support on the steering committee and during each event.

Learn more about Homeless Connect Edmonton at

About Homeless Connect

Homeless Connect Edmonton is a bi-annual, community inspired event that provides free essential services to homeless and at-risk individuals on one day and at one location.

Since it began in 2008, the event has been held twice a year at the Shaw Conference Centre, a valued partner of the event.

Homeless Connect's mission is to:

--  provide services that open doors out of homelessness
--  build lasting partnerships
--  raise public awareness of homelessness in the community
--  provide a vehicle for community involvement

Who organizes Homeless Connect?

The event is organized and directed by a steering committee comprising members from a variety of organizations, and is managed through a partnership between Homeward Trust Edmonton, Edmonton Economic Development Corporation and the Shaw Conference Centre.

Additionally, the event is serviced by local community providers and staffed by hundreds of enthusiastic and passionate volunteers.

Services offered include:

--  mental health assessments
--  Edmonton Public Library services
--  clothing supply
--  haircuts
--  pre-natal support
--  tax preparation
--  laundry
--  housing information
--  employment and training services
--  portrait photography

Recent additions to services:

--  We are excited to welcome back suit tailoring courtesy of Employ
    Abilities. At our October 2013 event a tailor made on-the-spot
    modifications to suits for guests with upcoming interviews.
--  Our April 2014 event welcomes representatives from Dreamcatcher Nature
    Assisted Therapy Association who will be onsite with various domestic
    and farm animals providing animal therapy to our guests.
--  Courtesy of the Edmonton Public Library, our April 2014 event will offer
    a video game station to our teen guests.

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.

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Latest Stories
Microservices are a very exciting architectural approach that many organizations are looking to as a way to accelerate innovation. Microservices promise to allow teams to move away from monolithic "ball of mud" systems, but the reality is that, in the vast majority of organizations, different projects and technologies will continue to be developed at different speeds. How to handle the dependencies between these disparate systems with different iteration cycles? Consider the "canoncial problem"...
I recently attended and was a speaker at the 4th International Internet of @ThingsExpo at the Santa Clara Convention Center. I also had the opportunity to attend this event last year and I wrote a blog from that show talking about how the “Enterprise Impact of IoT” was a key theme of last year’s show. I was curious to see if the same theme would still resonate 365 days later and what, if any, changes I would see in the content presented.
Apps and devices shouldn't stop working when there's limited or no network connectivity. Learn how to bring data stored in a cloud database to the edge of the network (and back again) whenever an Internet connection is available. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Ben Perlmutter, a Sales Engineer with IBM Cloudant, demonstrated techniques for replicating cloud databases with devices in order to build offline-first mobile or Internet of Things (IoT) apps that can provide a better, faster user e...
Container technology is shaping the future of DevOps and it’s also changing the way organizations think about application development. With the rise of mobile applications in the enterprise, businesses are abandoning year-long development cycles and embracing technologies that enable rapid development and continuous deployment of apps. In his session at DevOps Summit, Kurt Collins, Developer Evangelist at, examined how Docker has evolved into a highly effective tool for application del...
Cloud computing delivers on-demand resources that provide businesses with flexibility and cost-savings. The challenge in moving workloads to the cloud has been the cost and complexity of ensuring the initial and ongoing security and regulatory (PCI, HIPAA, FFIEC) compliance across private and public clouds. Manual security compliance is slow, prone to human error, and represents over 50% of the cost of managing cloud applications. Determining how to automate cloud security compliance is critical...
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place June 7-9, 2016 at Javits Center, New York City and Nov 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with the 18th International @CloudExpo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world and ThingsExpo New York Call for Papers is now open.
The cloud. Like a comic book superhero, there seems to be no problem it can’t fix or cost it can’t slash. Yet making the transition is not always easy and production environments are still largely on premise. Taking some practical and sensible steps to reduce risk can also help provide a basis for a successful cloud transition. A plethora of surveys from the likes of IDG and Gartner show that more than 70 percent of enterprises have deployed at least one or more cloud application or workload. Y...
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo 2016 in New York and Silicon Valley. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be! Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place Nov 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 17th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty ...
We are rapidly moving to a brave new world of interconnected smart homes, cars, offices and factories known as the Internet of Things (IoT). Sensors and monitoring devices will touch every part of our lives. Let's take a closer look at the Internet of Things. The Internet of Things is a worldwide network of objects and devices connected to the Internet. They are electronics, sensors, software and more. These objects connect to the Internet and can be controlled remotely via apps and programs. ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Alert Logic, Inc., the leading provider of Security-as-a-Service solutions for the cloud, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Alert Logic, Inc., provides Security-as-a-Service for on-premises, cloud, and hybrid infrastructures, delivering deep security insight and continuous protection for customers at a lower cost than traditional security solutions. Ful...
Today air travel is a minefield of delays, hassles and customer disappointment. Airlines struggle to revitalize the experience. GE and M2Mi will demonstrate practical examples of how IoT solutions are helping airlines bring back personalization, reduce trip time and improve reliability. In their session at @ThingsExpo, Shyam Varan Nath, Principal Architect with GE, and Dr. Sarah Cooper, M2Mi’s VP Business Development and Engineering, explored the IoT cloud-based platform technologies driving t...
We all know that data growth is exploding and storage budgets are shrinking. Instead of showing you charts on about how much data there is, in his General Session at 17th Cloud Expo, Scott Cleland, Senior Director of Product Marketing at HGST, showed how to capture all of your data in one place. After you have your data under control, you can then analyze it in one place, saving time and resources.
As organizations shift towards IT-as-a-service models, the need for managing & protecting data residing across physical, virtual, and now cloud environments grows with it. CommVault can ensure protection & E-Discovery of your data - whether in a private cloud, a Service Provider delivered public cloud, or a hybrid cloud environment – across the heterogeneous enterprise.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing rapidly by extending current technologies, products and networks. By 2020, Cisco estimates there will be 50 billion connected devices. Gartner has forecast revenues of over $300 billion, just to IoT suppliers. Now is the time to figure out how you’ll make money – not just create innovative products. With hundreds of new products and companies jumping into the IoT fray every month, there’s no shortage of innovation. Despite this, McKinsey/VisionMobile data...
In recent years, at least 40% of companies using cloud applications have experienced data loss. One of the best prevention against cloud data loss is backing up your cloud data. In his General Session at 17th Cloud Expo, Sam McIntyre, Partner Enablement Specialist at eFolder, presented how organizations can use eFolder Cloudfinder to automate backups of cloud application data. He also demonstrated how easy it is to search and restore cloud application data using Cloudfinder.