Covid Update Cover Photo

URGENT UPDATE REGARDING COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS

March 16, 2020 – We know that the services we offer are absolutely vital, and have done our best to develop a strategy that will help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 while maintaining our ability to offer services as best as possible. The well-being of our community is our top priority.

Until further notice, OUR CENTRE WILL BE CLOSED.  Programming will be move forward as follows:

 

HOUSING SUPPORT PROGRAM

Our Housing Support Programs will not be taking new intakes until further notice. Existing clients will continue to be served, and are asked to reach out via phone.

  • Housing Support Line: 306-757-2235 ext. 3
  • Doreen: 306 531 5158
  • Bernie: 306 531 9238
  • Robert: 306 531 7673

 

COFFEE ROOM

Although our coffee room will be closed, we will continue to make coffee each morning and hand it out from the front door of the centre from approximately 9:15 until we run out.

 

FREE MEAL PROGRAM

We will be serving meals from 1:00-3:00 (or until we run out) from the front door of our building.

 

CHILDREN’S NEEDS PROGRAM

We will be handing out diapers, wipes, formula, and milk from the front door between 9-12 on Mondays and Fridays only.

 

HYGIENE PROGRAM

We will be handing out toiletries from the front door between 9-12 on Wednesdays only.

 

PET FOOD

We will be handing out pet food from the front door between 9-12 on Wednesdays only.

 

FREE BOUTIQUE

Our Free Boutique will be closed until further notice. We are currently not accepting donations.

 

DONATIONS

We are not accepting donations of any items.

Food donations will be accepted, but will be limited to Mondays only. We will continue to accept recurring food donations that have been previously scheduled.

If you would like to make a monetary donation, please:

  1. Visit http://carmichaeloutreach.ca/donate/ to make an online donation via credit card; or,
  2. Mail a cash or cheque donation to:  1510 12th Avenue, Regina, SK., S4P 0L5

 

Please take care of yourselves, remember to wash your hands, and try to avoid large crowds. Even if you aren’t worried about yourself, remember that there are people in our community who can be severely impacted by this virus.

Sincerely,

The Carmichael Family

IMG_4874

Seeking Storage Solutions!

If you’re looking for a project that will help you give back to the community, we just might have the perfect opportunity for you!

We’re seeking support to meet our storage needs. At Carmichael Outreach, we run on a tight budget, so needs like this often tend to fall to the wayside. We know that better storage solutions would improve our ability to serve the community, allowing us to store things like furniture, bulk items, donation overflow, and more!

This would also help us reduce the need to turn away donations when we are overflowing.

 

A couple of potential storage solutions we are looking for include:

 

Sturdy wall shelving for our programming storage room

We would love to have larger shelving installed in our programming storage room, where we could fit large tote buckets full of all kinds of supplies. This will allow us to make use of all the vertical space we have available in this room to store things like craft supplies, games, movies, and more, all of which will help us to improve our ability to offer recreational programming

 

Outdoor sheds, shipping containers, or metal bins for storage

We would love to have a space like this on site where we could store donations of furniture and other supplies for our Housing Support Program. These items are stored to be used when we help move people into housing, so that we can ensure their houses are homes.

 

Thank you once again to all of our friends in the community. We are so grateful to have such a great group of people in our corner, and are looking forward to see what the future brings.

 

Sincerely,

The Carmichael Family

ToH Logo

Join our Golf Tournament Planning Committee

Are you a passionate and hard-working volunteer? Do you believe in the fight to end homelessness? Want to lend your skills to a worthy cause?

JOIN OUR PLANNING COMMITTEE!

The Merrill Brinton Tournament of Hope is an annual charity golf tournament held to raise operational funds to support the work we do at Carmichael Outreach.

As a member of our Planning Committee, your responsibilities may include: contacting sponsors, finding prizes for the silent auction, recruiting volunteers, assisting with promoting the event, designing signage or promotional materials, data entry, and more.

The tournament will be held on June 22, 2020 at the Royal Regina Gold Club.

If you’re interested in participating, please email Rochelle Berenyi at rochelle@carmichaeloutreach.ca explaining why you think you would make a great fit for our team! We are accepting applications for this committee until the end of January.

The first committee meeting will be held February 5 at 4:30 p.m.

Food Program 1

UPDATE TO MEAL SERVICE!


Meal Service Update - Oct 28 2019

There has been a temporary change to our meal program! Going forward, we will no longer be serving meals from the Heritage Community Association. We will now be offering meals out of our current temporary drop-in centre out of the basement of the YWCA at 1940 McIntyre Street. Our entrance is at the back of the building. Meals will be served Monday through Friday, 1-3 (or until we run out).

 
There will unfortunately be NO Sunday meal service for the time being. These changes are temporary, and we are hoping to be able to start up our Sunday meal service again by the new year, once the kitchen in our permanent centre is completed.
 
Thank you to the Heritage Community Association for generously allowing us to invade your space and use your kitchen for the last several months ☺️. You are such an amazing partner to us, and we look forward to being back in the neighbourhood again soon.
 
Thank you to the Regina & District Food Bank, where we will be preparing the meals that will then be brought to our drop-in centre to be handed out.

Taking Applications for Summer Youth Employment

EDIT: These job postings have been filled. We are excited to welcome Ishema Mwunvaneza and Chiara Wolfe on board, beginning June 3! Thank you to all who applied.

______________
We are currently inviting applications for two summer positions for youth.  The successful applicant for this position must be between the ages of 15 and 30, as per Government of Canada Summer Jobs guidelines. Preference will be given to those applicants who were formerly employed in these positions in the previous year.

 

POSITION 1 – HOUSING SUPPORT SUMMER ASSISTANT

Carmichael Outreach Inc. is inviting applications for a Housing Support Summer Assistant.  This position works in collaboration with the Needs Enrichment Services Team (NEST) and HIV Strategy Housing Support Coordinator, and reports to the Executive Director.  The successful applicant for this position must be between the ages of 15 and 30, as per Government of Canada Jobs guidelines.

Carmichael Outreach
We are a community based organization that provides services to people experiencing homelessness or at risk of experiencing homelessness.  Besides the provision of free clothing and small household items, and a take away meal service, Carmichael Outreach provides housing search assistance as well as support services.  We are a fast paced environment that deals with crises almost daily.

Responsibilities
The successful applicant will produce the weekly housing list of more affordable rental units in the city once a week.  S/he will also do intakes, accompany prospective tenants to viewings, assist with applications for housing and assist tenants with moves.  For people needing follow up support, the successful applicant will accompany them to medical appointments, appointments with social workers, help them with food bank orders and provide them advocacy when required.  This position may also be responsible for other duties within Carmichael Outreach as necessary.

Education/Experience
Priority will be given to but not limited to students who are studying in the area of human services.  A demonstrated understanding of the complexities of poverty, particularly intergenerational poverty, the impacts of residential school and colonialism, as well as addictions and mental health issues are a must, experience working in these areas is an asset.  Good communications skills, oral and written, and the ability to work under pressure with tight timelines is also a must.  A driver’s license is required.

Hourly Wage: $16.50 per hour
Application deadline:  Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Please submit your resumé with 3 references to:
Cora Gajari, Executive Director
By email: cora@carmichaeloutreach.ca
By fax: (306) 757-2205

Preference will be given to those applicants who were formerly employed in these positions in the previous year.

 

POSITION 2 – ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT SUMMER ASSISTANT

Carmichael Outreach Inc. is inviting applications for an Administrative Support Summer Employee. This position works in collaboration with the Communications, Advocacy, and Projects Officer and reports to the Executive Director. Per the Government of Canada Summer Jobs requirements, the successful applicant for this position must be between the ages of 15 and 30.

Carmichael Outreach
We are a community based organization that provides services to people experiencing homelessness or at risk of experiencing homelessness.  Besides the provision of free clothing and small household items, and a take away meal service, Carmichael Outreach provides housing search assistance as well as support services.  We are a fast paced environment that deals with crises almost daily.

Responsibilities
The successful applicant will work primarily alongside the Communications, Advocacy, and Projects Officer, but will also frequently work with the Receptionist on various tasks. Responsibilities will include, but not be limited to filing, data entry, making phone calls/answering phones, financial responsibilities, supporting fundraising events, writing letters, and covering the front desk. This position may also be responsible for other duties within Carmichael Outreach as necessary.

Education/Experience
Priority will be given but not limited to students who are studying in the area of business administration, office administration, or human services. The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate excellent communications skills, oral and written, and the ability to work under pressure with tight timelines. The applicant will have experience with Microsoft Office Word and Excel. A driver’s license is required. A demonstrated understanding of the complexities of poverty, particularly intergenerational poverty, the impacts or residential school and colonialism, as well as addictions and mental health issues are a must.

Hourly Wage: $16.50 per hour
Application deadline:  Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Please submit your resumé with 3 references to:
Cora Gajari, Executive Director
By email: cora@carmichaeloutreach.ca
By fax: (306) 757-2205

Preference will be given to those applicants who were formerly employed in these positions in the previous year.

 

Easter Eggs with Flowers on White Wooden Background

You Can Buy a Ticket for our Easter 50/50 Raffle!

In partnership with Harbour Landing Village, you are invited to take part in Carmichael Outreach’s first ever ONLINE 50/50! All funds raised through this 50/50 will be going to support Carmichael Outreach in our fight to serve the most vulnerable members of our population. The draw will take place on Saturday, April 20th.

To learn more and purchase tickets, follow this link.

 

Prize:   50% of sales! (to a maximum prize of $50,000.)
Only 12,000 tickets will be sold
Draw Date: April 20, 2019. 12:00 PM
Draw Location: 4000 James Hill Road (Harbour Landing Village)
Lottery License: RR19-0024

Only People in Regina at the time of purchase may participate in the raffle. People involved in the conduct and management of the raffle are not permitted to purchase tickets.

Ticket Prices:  1 for $15  / 3 for $40  / 10 for $50

Draw will be made by Random Number Generator.
Winner will be notified by email with instructions on claiming the prize.

****EDIT: The winner has been drawn! Congratulations to Shaye Ruecker, who will be taking home the $162.50 prize pot!

IMG_6240

Construction to Commence on New Carmichael Outreach Centre; Organization to begin New Year in a New Temporary Home

Carmichael Outreach will be facing several changes going into 2019. Exciting news comes with regards to the development of the new centre. CCR Construction has been selected to take on the important role of contract construction manager for this project, and construction will begin soon. The anticipated completion for this project is May 2019.

Some bittersweet news comes with another move to a new temporary location. As of February 1, 2019 the Carmichael Outreach Centre will be moving to a new location, sharing space with local partner, the YWCA, who will be generously providing the space free of charge.

“I believe this move will prove to be a blessing in a disguise,” says Rochelle Berenyi, Carmichael’s Communications, Advocacy, and Projects Officer, “while we are not eager to be moving to another temporary location, we are happy to have our friends at the YWCA there to support us. This move will allow us to save a great deal of money on rent, and will give us the opportunity to strengthen our relationship with the YW.”

As of February 1, 2019, you will be able to find Carmichael Outreach through the back door of the YWCA, located at 1940 McIntyre St, Regina.

The kitchen and meal service will remain at the Heritage Community Location, at 1654 11th avenue.

For more information, contact Rochelle Berenyi by phone at (306) 757-2235 ext. 225 or by email at rochelle@carmichaeloutreach.ca.

ksenia-makagonova-691082-unsplash

What am I celebrating on Canada Day?

When I celebrate Canada day, I will not be celebrating the Canada of our past – I will be celebrating the Canada of our future.

I will not be celebrating the genocide, theft, and destruction that took place, not only in the founding of this country, but for decades to follow in the form of residential schools, 60’s scoop, and straight forward discrimination that still exists today.

I will be celebrating the Canada that I want to see. I will be celebrating truth and reconciliation. I will be celebrating how far we have come, and how very far we still need to go. I will be acknowledging the values that this country was founded on, tossing those values aside, and celebrating family, respect, and community for ALL Canadians.

I urge everyone to remember what you are truly celebrating today. Don’t get me wrong, go out and have fun, play games, enjoy the fireworks, but DON’T forget what our country was built on, what our country looks like now, and what we want it to look like in the future.

I am grateful to be Canadian, but I still know that this country that I love has its flaws. We can work together as a community, and as a country, to fight for what is right, and to build a version of Canada that we can not only love, but be proud of.

93a81b95-abea-4d96-bacf-fb322a2338b3

5 Days 2018

Night #1 is over!

This morning, I had a chance to pop by and say hi to this year’s Five Days for the Homeless participants. I asked them how their first night went.

They talked about feeling the cold snow hit their tarp, and just being thankful that they had a way to cover their faces.
They talked about how much it snowed last week, and how they could only imagine the impact that would have had on our city’s homeless.
They talked about someone bringing them muffins, and the guilt that they felt in accepting food when they know that not everyone on the street is that lucky.

I am so glad that we have these passionate and understanding people heading up this year’s campaign. They are stepping out of their comfort zone to stay outside for these 5 days, but they know that their experience this week won’t even begin to compare to the experiences faced by so many in our community.

Five Days for the Homeless is important, not just because of the money it raises, but because of the awareness it raises surrounding this very real and very pressing issue in our community. For many of us, it is difficult to imagine a life without a home. Our homes are where we go to lay our heads at night. We invite our friends into our homes to socialize. Our homes shelter us from the cold, rain, and snow. They store our belongings and our memories. They give us an address, that we can list on our identification and health cards. Our homes help to give us humanity.

It is often said that a person’s home is the extension of who they are. Depriving a person of a home is depriving them from a piece of their own identity.

In 2015, a point in time count was conducted in Regina to determine how many of our own were living without a place to call home. There were 232 total people found on the night of the count.  232 people, just like you and I, living their lives without the safety, comfort, or security of four walls. While this number is alarming on it’s own, this does not even begin to capture the whole picture. It doesn’t consider the countless individuals forced to couch surf, stay with friends and family, or hide out in abandoned shelters. The problem of hidden homelessness is an extremely prevalent one in our community, especially due to the frigid cold temperatures we see here in Saskatchewan. According to Statistics Canada, 8% of Canadians surveyed in 2014 reported experiencing hidden homelessness at some point in their lives. This number is a reminder that being off the streets and “hidden” from the public eye is not the same as being in a home.

We are excited and proud of the University of Regina students for dedicating so much time and energy to this campaign, and to this important cause. We can only hope that, one day, homelessness will be a thing of the past, and campaign’s like these can disappear.

Together, we can end poverty and homelessness in our community.