A warmer winter for people in need

october 2014433-137 (2)Bissell Centre, along with other organizations in Edmonton, has received Winter Warming funding from Homeward Trust as part of their Winter Emergency Response (WER) program, which will extend the operation of support services in our Drop-in Centre for people on the streets during the upcoming winter months.Starting November 1st, our Drop-in Centre will be open from 6:00am – 9:00pm until April 30th, 2015 (seven days a week, including holidays) as an essential destination for temporary respite for people who are experiencing homelessness during the harsh, winter conditions.

The Drop-in Centre will provide a warm, safe place for people who are outside in the cold, and will continue to provide for their basic needs such as: access to warm clothing, bathrooms, showers, and snacks during the extended hours of service.

The public also plays a vital role in the well-being of people on the street who are facing the harsh, winter weather. Bissell Centre’s 24/7 MAP crisis intervention team can be dispatched by calling 211 and will connect people with emergency shelters in the community to ensure their safety.

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by | October 31, 2014 · 10:51 am

New Website Coming Soon!


The all new bissellcentre.org, coming soon to a laptop, tablet, and phone near you.


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by | October 29, 2014 · 1:45 pm

Deepening Community Video

This video was awarded First Place in the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations PLURAL+ International Jury in the 13-17 age category. The video was also awarded First Place at Bethel College USA – Cornelius Kahn Multimedia Award for High School Students.

The video is based on Paul Born’s book, Deepening Community. It is great reminder of the importance of community and our collective desire for living better, together.

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Think about attending “Deepening Community”

Tamarack Institute’s Paul Born is giving a workshop on October 28th here in Edmonton called Deepening Community for Collective Impact. I encourage you to think about attending, whether you are a service provider, funder, government representative, or a citizen concerned about how to build and nurture stronger communities.

From the event information page: ” In his recently released book, Paul Born describes the four pillars of deep community: sharing our stories, taking the time to enjoy one another, taking care of one another, and working together for a better world.

It’s up to us to create community. In this workshop, Paul will apply the principles of Deepening Community to the work of Collective Impact to help you strengthen relationships, build trust, and sustain momentum in your community change efforts.

Each workshop attendee will receive a copy of Deepening Community: Finding Joy Together in Chaotic Times.

Information and Registration is RIGHT HERE.

Use this promo code to get the discount rate for individuals: EDSPOFFER

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by | October 13, 2014 · 2:02 pm

Help provide a Thanksgiving Dinner for our community members this year!

Totes LogoShineFM’s 6th Annual “Turkey Raiser” – Totes for Turkeys Event- is back! 105.9 ShineFM and AM930 The Light partners with Save-on-Foods locations throughout the city and surrounding areas to help local charities raise turkeys and funds to help with their community Thanksgiving dinner. Bissell Centre will also be giving turkeys for low-income families so they can have a joyous thanksgiving at home.

You can donate a turkey or gift card in-store for the chosen charities and in return you receive a tote bag. In past years, the stations have raised upwards of 900 turkeys on this one-day event! This year Bissell Centre, along with Edmonton’s Meals on Wheels, will join in this important fundraising endeavour so that hundreds of mouths can be fed this Thanksgiving.

Listen to the event interview with Bissell Centre on Shine FM and please spread the word on Twitter with hashtag #totes4turkeys!

Date: Saturday, Oct. 4th

Time: 12:00 – 6:00pm

Save on Foods Locations:

  1. Hampton (6260 199th St. NW)
  2. Calgary Trail (3361 Calgary Trail South)
  3. Summerwood (#10 4005 Cloverbar Rd, Sherwood Park)
  4. Oxford (12903 153 Ave NW)
  5. Stadium (8124 112 Avenue)

If you want to volunteer, please click here or contact Darren Brennan at dbrennan@bissellcentre.org or by phone at 780.423.2285. ext. 129.

For more information about the event, please visit shinefm.com/turkeys.



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by | September 29, 2014 · 2:53 pm

Bissell Centre and Boyle Street Community League co-hosting Alberta Culture Days event celebrating cultural diversity in Edmonton

Bissell Centre and Boyle Street Community League are co-hosting a two-day event on Friday, September 26th (6:00pm – 8:30pm) and Saturday, September 27th (12:00pm – 8:45pm) in celebration of Alberta Culture Days 2014. This event takes place at the Boyle Street Community League located at 9538 – 103A Avenue and brings together two community agencies to honour cultural diversity in our city. We encourage you to come and experience the live music, performances, and cultural presentations! ACD-Banner

Now in its seventh year, Alberta Culture Days is the province’s largest celebration of the arts, heritage, diversity and community spirit with the Boyle Street Community League and Bissell Centre hosting an event for the first time. This annual event is as much about family and community, as it is about cultural vibrancy.

For more information, please check out the event poster or contact Amanda Almeida, Manager of Community Participation and Volunteer Services, at aalmeida@bissellcentre.org.

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by | September 23, 2014 · 9:46 am