You Lifted Spirits and Raised HOPE
Today my heart is filled with gratitude because of you. Over the last few months, we have felt our community pull together and could not be more thankful.
When the COVID-19 pandemic started, our heart broke for businesses that had to close their doors, everyone in recovery who felt the weight of isolation, and those fearing for their health or the health of their loved ones. We had to quickly spring to action to keep our clients safe and maintain strong recovery.
Although the pandemic brought with it uncertainty and fear, if we have learned one thing from the individuals who have walked through our doors, it is that hope always exists, even in the darkest of times.
So, amid everything going on, we asked you to stand with us and choose hope. And you did!
How YOU Chose Hope
There were so many ways that hope made its way through the city. By proudly wearing your I Choose Hope buttons, you brought encouragement into grocery stores and zoom meetings. You shared the message with your neighbours by putting up I Choose Hope lawn signs and then we were able to blanket the rest of the city with signs of hope as well!
The message coursed through radio waves, beamed across billboards, and spread throughout social media channels. Calgarians stepped up all over the place to share hope any way they could.
In a time of isolation, we held nine social-distance-friendly events that lifted spirits and brought people together. Our drive-through experiences saw over 900 individuals make their way through our parking lot and leave filled with hope. Over 105 individuals participated in our Razors for Recovery challenge, supporting those who shaved their heads as a way of saying “we are with you.” And to top it all off, Calgarian’s came together to Walk for Hope on July 11, each one signing their name on our giant button which is now on display for all our residents to see.
We were blown away by your response. You have lifted spirits, encouraged our city, and best yet, you have helped us surpass our fundraising goal.
Your generous donations were matched raising over $215,000!
This will go directly towards helping 371 men and women in Calgary overcome the challenges of homelessness and addiction. Your support will keep recovery strong and help us face the upcoming months with strength and resilience.
You are changing lives! Thank you for supporting the Calgary Dream Centre and choosing hope.
Missed out on this donation opportunity?
Not a problem! Any contribution no matter how much or what time of year goes towards helping individuals overcoming addiction and just $75 pays for 1 full day of recovery. It’s never too late to choose hope!