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19/11 NOV 2019

Hands and feet and sandwiches

by Laureen F. Guenther Three times a month, Annette Hedley drives from her home in Spruce Grove into downtown Edmonton, to hand out 100 peanut butter and jam sandwiches. In her everyday life, Hedley is a Welcome Wagon representative. But six years ago, on a missions trip to California, she volunteered at a street mission, […]

19/02 Feb 2019

Coldest Night of the Year brings out friends and families

by Laureen F. Guenther   On February 23, Canadians across the country will step out of warm homes to walk in the Coldest Night of the Year. They’re raising money for agencies that support people living in homelessness. The Mustard Seed is hosting Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) events in Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer […]


Stephen’s Backpacks began with one child’s compassion

by Laureen F. Guenther   Stephen’s Backpacks Society, based in Airdrie, has provided Back-to-School backpacks and Christmas backpacks to 61,000 needy children since December 2006. They’ve also provided 15,000 pairs of new running shoes for children going back to school and furnished apartment homes for 32 formerly-homeless families. Last year alone, working through 47 agencies […]

19/01 Jan 2019

A different kind of thrift store: ReStore

by Katie Pearn and Angelos Kyriakides   When people hear the words “thrift store,” lumber and flooring tiles aren’t usually the kind of items that come to mind. However if anyone were to venture into one of Habitat for Humanity’s ReStores, those are the kind of products they are likely to find. ReStores are thrift […]

19/01 Jan 2019

Christmas fun at Hope Mission in Calgary

Hope Mission hosted three community events in December to help celebrate the Christmas season. Starting with the Kids Christmas Party on December 1, more than 200 children between the ages 6 and 11, and their families, were served an activity-filled afternoon that included lunch. The Youth Christmas Party was on December 8, about 85 youth […]

18/11 November 2018

The missing ingredient in poverty alleviation

by Barry Slauenwhite   When was the last time you heard a sermon at church or a television commercial on poverty that challenged your perspective rather than your pocketbook? If you’re like most Christians you would struggle to answer this question. We have been served a steady diet of guilt and obligation and have come […]

18/11 November 2018

Chew on This! has faith communities engaged in action to end poverty

October 17 was the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, and for the past six years, the Dignity for All campaign has coordinated Chew on This! events across the country to raise awareness about poverty in Canada. Chew on This! has grown from an initial 13 groups six years ago to 100 groups this […]

18/11 November 2018

The remarkable General William Booth

By Rev. Dr. Ed & Janice Hird   Everyone nowadays loves the Salvation Army (the Sally Ann), but such admiration was not always universal. Violence and bloodshed was the order of the day when William Booth first reached out to the down-and-out in East London, England. Few people today realize that one of the main […]