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Mike Greets Guests at Homeless Connect

On Sunday, April 12, more than 1,000 homeless and at-risk individuals filled the
Shaw Conference Centre, where they were offered free essential services from
Homeless Connect Edmonton.

The event is managed through a partnership between the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation, the Shaw Conference Centre, the United Way of the Alberta Capital Region and Homeward Trust Edmonton.

Homeward Trust Edmonton is a not for profit organization that uses a community-based
approach toward the goal of ending homelessness in Edmonton. Their mission is to provide
services that help open doors out of homelessness, build lasting partnerships,
raise public awareness of homelessness in the community, and provide a vehicle
for community involvement in addressing the issue of homelessness.

The event is serviced by local community providers and staffed by enthusiastic and passionate
volunteers who help guests access more than 70 services. They include:

•          mental health assessments
•          library services
•          foot care
•          haircuts
•          immunizations
•          pre-natal support
•          dental care
•          tax preparation
•          laundry
•          housing information
•          employment and training services

More information on Homeless Connect and Homeward Trust Edmonton can be found here.