TOGETHER WE DID SOMETHING INCREDIBLE!
This year at Commons we committed ourselves to taking the generosity inspired by the Christmas story and pointing it at those less fortunate than ourselves. Our goal was to raise $50,000 to invest in four specific areas. We did it!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTION.
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This year, we are launching an expanded partnership with Louise Dean School across the street from our Kensington Parish. This school works to ensure that young mothers are able to complete their high school education and we have embarked on a new four year agreement to provide resources to their hot meals program, to provide pharmacy gift cards for mothers to ensure they can access prescription medications and to launch a new Scholarship which will take a graduating student through four years of post-secondary education. Half of this project has already been donated and our Advent Campaign will raise the necessary funds to match over the next four years.
In Kensington we are investing in Aurora on the Park where your generosity enables a First Nations Elder to regularly meet with and support the tenants of the accessible housing complex. Through Highbanks Society we are helping to provide specialized programming to young moms raising their children on their own. We are assisting Made by Momma to provide wholesome nourishment to mothers and young children facing adversity. And we are providing the resources for the Fresh Food Basket at Hillhurst Community Association to meet the needs of families through the winter months when the program is stretched to capacity.
In Inglewood this year we are providing new resources to Carya and the YWCA who are working to support families in the neighbourhood, particularly women exposed to domestic violence and the elderly suffering from abuse or isolation and depression.
3. REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT
Refugee resettlement has become a significant part of our investment in peace over the past four years. We have received two refugee families from Syria and stepped in to provide relational support to several other refugee families in the city. This Advent we have our first Eritrean refugee family arriving from Sudan. We will be helping this single mother and children start a new life in Calgary after suffering incredible loss. Funds raised will help us continue to ensure that the most vulnerable will find healing and peace among us in Canada. You can also get involved here.
Finally, our Advent Campaign provides the resources that care for those in and through the Commons community that need help each year. This takes the form of intervention when housing is at risk. Grocery and food security for families and individuals needing support. Along with financial counselling and crisis support when necessary.
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In each of these ways, for those across the world and for those we sit across from at coffee shops, when we extend our grace beyond our immediate circle and toward those in need, we reflect the story of Jesus and the generosity he invites us to receive. Your gift means the world to someone.
All gifts given the Advent Campaign will be earmarked for these projects.
May you have a blessed Advent as we wait together for the Christ child to arrive.
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Also, get your free tickets to join us for Christmas Eve. There are five start times to choose from and your whole family is invited.