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Five Days, Five Solutions (Part 5)
Given the amount of information we have put out in this blog series, we felt it would be best to provide a type of executive summary for Part 5. If you're interested in the full context of the on-going conversation we've been having, please read Parts 1-4 of this series as they provide far greater detail and support for our thoughts on how to address homelessness in our community. We identify a few core values that are of absolute necessity when entering into conversation about homelessness, and the experiences of homelessness in our communities...
Five Days, Five Solutions (Part 4)
Walking into Carmichael Outreach for my job interview in May of 2013. I was a recent graduate from the University of Regina, and I thought I understood all of the challenges surrounding poverty and homelessness. I strutted in with confidence, looked around, and immediately realized I had never encountered or engaged an experience of poverty/homelessness like the experiences of the folks that have become my friends at Carmichael. I didn’t understand. I still don’t. I have travelled and volunteered extensively internationally, having spent time in Asia working with impoverished children trying to prevent human trafficking...
Five Days, Five Solutions (Part 3)
As part of last week's Five Days for the Homeless fundraiser, held by the Business Students Society at the University of Regina, we thought it might be a good idea to supplement fundraising efforts with some conversations about how we as a community can contribute to ending homelessness in our community. Despite our best efforts to finish on time, our blog-writer Tyler came down with the flu and was not able to finish the series during last week's timeframe. As a result, we will finish the series this week...
Five Days, Five Solutions (Part 2)
Students have spent two days and two nights on the concrete at the University of Regina in an effort to draw attention to the experiences of members of our community who face the challenges of homelessness and extreme poverty on a daily basis. As noted yesterday, we recognize two things about this fundraiser. First, it cannot possibly recreate/represent all of the complexities associated with homelessness. Participants do not experience racism, systemic oppression, wondering if they will eat period, or even have experiences with homelessness for an amount of time that causes them to forget how to use a phone, forget what their own private bedroom feels like, and many more...
At Carmichael Outreach, hope is given a space to grow and those struggling with addictions, poverty, health issues and overwhelming life crisis are shown that people care and are willing to help.