The Edmonton Community Foundation supports the people of Edmonton and invests in the community by encouraging philanthropy and funding charitable activities. We are grateful to have received their support for more than a quarter of a century through their grants and donor-advised funds.
In 2018 the Edmonton Community Foundation gave a grant to our Immigration and Settlement Service as part of a larger coalition of organizations supporting newcomers. The grant was for a new initiative to provide better healthcare for refugees in Edmonton as part of the Alberta Refugee Health Coalition. The grant will be used to hire and support a Community Coordinator who will advance the work of the coalition in establishing healthcare best practices.
Catholic Social Services also received one of the foundation’s 2018 Vital Signs grants. The goal of the Vital Signs grant changes each year, and for 2018 it was to increase the sense of belonging to community. We received the grant to develop a new Outdoor Education Program for Newcomer Youth. This initiative promotes the integration of newcomer youth and builds social connections by engaging them in outdoor activities in a positive group environment.
At the end of 2017, we received a grant to build a new wheelchair-accessible deck and ramp for St. Joseph’s House, which provides a safe home and 24-hour care for adults who are homeless and terminally ill. The deck has allowed the residents room to sit out front and visit with friends, family, and staff. The residents enjoy spending time outside; it gives them a sense of peace and happiness.
We are also grateful for grants from the following funds at Edmonton Community Foundation:
- Ann & John Dea Family Fund
- Flipkowski Fund
- Frank & Ethel (Weisbeck) Rusconi Fund
- Helen & Laurel Bell Fund
- JKMS Mullane Family Fund
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