Carmichael Outreach is a registered charity located in Regina, Saskatchewan that provides various services to those in our community who experience poverty and homelessness. Our mission is to foster empowerment through dignity, respect, and advocacy in our community.
Carmichael Outreach may have grown in size and scale, but we still adhere to the same vision and mission as when we started from humble beginnings. The organization was started by George Palmer after he witnessed a need for free food, clothing, coffee, and a community gathering spot in Regina. Carmichael Outreach emerged out of the basement of the Carmichael United Church (now demolished, across from the General Hospital on 15’th Avenue) in 1988, and has been serving the community ever since.
In 1994, Carmichael Outreach became a registered charity and moved out of the church basement. We eventually moved to our longtime home at 1925 Osler Street, where we stayed for almost 20 years. Services were expanded and new programs were introduced to reflect the needs of our community. Eventually, it was apparent that we needed a new facility to host the growing demand for the services and programs that we offer.
In 2017, we sold our old building on Osler Street and purchased the Saskatchewan Veterans Memorial Hall building at 1510 12th Avenue. We spent the next few years moving between a number of temporary locations while working towards the development of our ”forever home”. We finally moved in in December 2019, and we are excited to continue to grow into a beautiful facility that will act as a community hub and a home base for the various housing, food security, free boutique, and children’s needs programs that we operate.
Our vision is to see the end of poverty and homelessness in our community. We envision a strong, inclusive community founded on the values of respect and dignity for all.
- Respect & Dignity – Defending an atmosphere of empowerment in all that we do.
- Service Delivery -Flexible services that meet community needs and are adaptable to community changes.
- Policy – Evidence-based solutions from engaged community members that end poverty and homelessness.
OUR CORE BEHAVIOURS
- Respect – Trusting the knowledge and experience of those we empower.
- Dignity – Defending the value of each individual in our community.
- Empowerment – Recognizing strength and resiliency, building capacity
HOW WE’RE FUNDED
Carmichael Outreach receives a combination of project funding and private funding. Grant funding accounts for 32% of our total revenue. Our fundraising events and partnerships throughout the year accounted for 20% of our total revenues, while private donors accounted for 44% of our total revenues. The remaining 4% of revenues are a combination of contract and program income.
More detailed information can be found in our audited financial statements.