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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.

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DONATIONS WE CAN/CAN’T ACCEPT

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We are very grateful for the generosity we have seen from the community; however, we have found that we have quickly become flooded with too many donations to manage. We are also coordinating a move to our new building, and need to be careful of how much we have on site when the time comes. With that being said, there are still certain things that we are desperately in need of.

Because we are short on space, we will need to temporarily refrain from accepting many donations, with the exception of those that we need most. The donations that we are currently able to accept include:

– Winter jackets, boots, and ski pants
– Household goods (e.g., pots and pans, dishes, small appliances, etc.)
– Food
– Gift cards
– Monetary donations

We ask that everyone please REFRAIN from donation clothing, toys, etc., until further notice. We are expecting to be settled in our new building by the beginning of December, at which time we will be able to accept donations as we normally have.

Thank you for your cooperation, support, and patience.

Regards,

The Carmichael Family

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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.

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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.

 

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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Looking Back on 2017

It’s time to ring in 2018! 2017 was a big year for Carmichael. We outgrew our cozy little home on Osler Street and purchased a new-to-us building on 12th and St. Johns.

While we work to raise the necessary funds to renovate our new forever-home, we moved out of our space on Osler into a temporary location at 2300 11th Avenue, downtown. Nicor was a huge help to us, providing the space to us at a rate that is remarkably lower than market value. I don’t know what we would have done without them!

We have had a lot of changes in staffing over the past year. We said goodbye to a lot of valued members of our team, but have welcomed new staff with open arms! We have also elected a few new members to our board this year. This new team is eager and willing to help make 2018 one of Carmichael’s best years yet!

With all of the excitement that came this past year, there came misfortune as well. I would be remiss to leave 2017 without mentioning the many members of the Carmichael family who have passed away this year. Be it from the weather, addiction, or sickness, these were strong unique individuals, and it is important to recognize the lives they lived. Listed in no particular order, we would like to honour the following 20 lives that were lost in 2017:

Darryl Deets
Ricky Spewcer
Paul Soerenson
Darrin Missens
Raymond Pewin
Arnold Naytowhow
Rodney Nipi
David Cappo
Michelle Desjarlais
Rodney Mawwhinney
Elaine Yahyahkeekoot
Kelvin Pasap Jr.
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Fred Keller
Doreen Royal (Lou)
Ruder Bugler Peyachew
Melvin E. Ulmer
Larry Asapace
Don Lively
Garry Nowell

If I have missed anyone, please let me know, and I will update our list to ensure that the lives of all members of the Carmichael family can be recognized.

It is never easy to lose someone, but it is important to always honour the lives they lived, rather than look back with sorrow. Moving forward, we must all do our best to make Regina a safer place to live. Working to reduce poverty and homelessness in our community can help to save the lives of many, and it is important that we do what we can to ensure that everyone has access to the basic goods and services they need. As a community, we can work together to prevent more deaths like these, and to help our community members live longer, healthier, and happier lives.

Let us all do our parts to make 2018 our best year yet. With time, strength, and teamwork, we can end poverty and homelessness in our community.

Happy new year.