Donate a Turkey to Provide a Thanksgiving Meal for People in our Community!

ShineFM’s 7th Annual “Turkey Raiser” Totes for Turkeys Event is back! 105.9 ShineFM and AM930 The Light partners with various Save-on-Foods locations throughout the city and surrounding areas to help Bissell Centre and The Mustard Seed raise turkeys and funds to help with their community Thanksgiving dinner.

Bissell Centre will be hosting a Thanksgiving Dinner on October 8th and will also be giving the turkeys to low-income families so they can have a joyous thanksgiving at home. You can donate a turkey or gift card at select Save-on-Foods stores on Saturday, Oct. 3rd 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 The Mustard Seed, will join in this important fundraising endeavour so that hundreds of mouths can be fed this Thanksgiving.

Come visit us at select Save-on-Foods locations and spread the word on Twitter with hashtag #TotesforTurkeys!

Totes for Turkeys Event Details:

Date: Saturday, Oct. 3rd

Time: 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Save on Foods Locations:
Hampton (6260 199th St. NW)
Calgary Trail (3361 Calgary Trail South)
Baseline (60 Broadway Boulevard, Sherwood Park)
Oxford (12903 153 Ave NW)
Stadium (8124 112 Avenue)

For more information, please contact:
Darren Brennan
dbrennan@bissellcentre.org
780.423.2285, ext. 129

Michelle Reid
mreid@bissellcentre.org
780.423.2285, ext. 161

 

Bissell Centre Hosts Inner City Aboriginal Celebration!

Bissell Centre will be celebrating the wealth of talent and creativity that exists within our community by hosting an Inner City Aboriginal Celebration on Friday, September 25th from 12:00pm – 2:00pm at Giovanni Caboto Park located at 95 street & 109 avenue.

As part of Alberta Culture Days 2015, the event will be honouring the heritage of the Aboriginal culture and will include a free, traditional stew and bannock meal, Aboriginal performances, and a Tipi Raising with traditional teachings.

The Inner City Aboriginal Celebration is a free, family event and one of many celebrations occurring throughout the province during Alberta Culture Days 2015 from September 25th – 27th. Alberta Culture Days is spearheaded by the Government of Alberta and is about discovering, experiencing and celebrating our unique blend of peoples and passions, and the importance of culture for a healthy and vibrant province.

Bissell Centre’s Inner City Aboriginal Celebration:
Date: Friday, September 25th
Location: Giovanni Caboto Park (95 st. & 109 ave.)
Time: 12:00-2:00pm
Details: free meal – traditional stew & bannock, Aboriginal performances, Tipi Raising, and traditional teachings.

For more information about the event, please contact Amanda Almeida at aalmeida@bissellcentre.org.

For more information about Alberta Culture Days 2015, please click here.

Bissell Centre Launches Outreach Team to House More People

In early September, we launched an Outreach Housing Team whose sole purpose is to locate, engage, and house people who are homeless. The team will work in under-serviced and unreached areas of the city where homeless people congregate and provide follow-up support, resources, and services as required for those who are housed.

We have formed valuable partnerships with the Neighbour Centre, Edmonton Public Library, Homeward Trust’s Coordinated Intake Workers, All Saints Cathedral, and other organizations to ensure we are reaching out to as many homeless people as we can.

“The Outreach Housing Team should help us double the number of homeless people we house and support to 500 per year.”

— Bissell Centre’s CEO, Mark Holmgren

The new Outreach Housing Team is an important addition to our Housing Services Programs, which includes Homeless to Homes (H2H) and Community Bridge. H2H asserts that housing should be addressed prior to any other barrier in an individual’s life by providing stable housing, while our Community Bridge aims to prevent homelessness by stopping imminent evictions by providing financial support and intervention services for people at risk of becoming homeless.

Funding for the Outreach Housing Team was initiated by the Strathcona High School Leadership Program through their Treehouse Project fundraiser in early 2015. They raised $190,000, which shattered their fundraising goal and gave us the opportunity to expand the size and reach of our team!

Please visit the Outreach Housing Team webpage for more information and how to access the team.