Welcome!

Hi I’m Daniel Doornekamp, Director of Homeless Link Alberta. I thought I would take a quick second and introduce myself and the organization.

I moved to Spruce Grove about 11 years ago. During my time here in Spruce, I have seen the city expand at a phenomenal growth rate, apx 5% annually. Phew, my head spins just thinking of it! I remember when I moved here, Campsite Rd. (or Jennifer Heil as it is known now) had almost nothing north of Tri. Now, the low rise and townhomes have just exploded in this area. And all around the old dog park off of the 16 and Century was nothing but fields with gophers. Growth is such a great thing, it has brought so much to our city, like a greater diversity, restaurants, shops and more commercial industrial. However, with such rapid expansion our city has been hit with some unfortunate realities of “city living” such as increased crime and the unfortunate number of homelessness.

I have always been drawn to helping in my community. Whether it is helping out with an animal in need, helping the local kids with their school charity drives or getting involved with out local municipal committees. You can say I thrive off community involvement. That is why as our Facebook community pages were exploding this past year with those in need living right in Spruce Grove, I had to get involved. I am deeply troubled that our community has seen an increase in homeless people and those who are at risk of becoming homeless.

This is why I am so passionate about our new organization Homeless Link Alberta! I believe together we can start making a difference to those in need. Please join me, and our dedicated volunteers, as we start our journey to helping others. If you want to join Homeless Link Alberta, Donate or know more, please do not hesitate to contact me via our contact page or at homelesslinkalberta@shaw.ca

Until next time. Dandan (1 of 1)

What Do We Do?

Hi, It’s Dan again! I know, I know, I’ll try to keep it short this time.

So what do we do at Homeless Link Alberta? Well right now we are doing a ton of behind the scenes stuff like interviewing for our Board of Directors, writing our by-laws and incorporating the society to gain our not-for-profit status with CRA, but I won’t bore you too much with those details.

Homeless Link Alberta mission is to:

“To provide non-judgemental assistance to the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless by linking these individuals to support and services from existing government agencies, private agencies and private individuals wanting to help.”

But you might be asking yourself “What will they be doing?”. Well, it is simple. There are so many people I have come across in Spruce Grove that want to help the homeless. Whether it be people who want to cook meals, donate clothes and supplies, help transport people in need to appointments at government agencies (such as Alberta Works, Service Canada, Food Banks or the AISH office), or other Non-profits such as the Thrift Store, that wants to provide ongoing donations for those in need (thanks again to your amazing staff and volunteers!). Well, it’s simply, we want to provide a service that is the community to link homeless (or those who are at risk of becoming homeless) with the services they need. Get it…Homeless Link Alberta (groan I know, I have a corny dad type sense of humor!).

Well, If you like what you hear and want to get involved, drop us a line some time we would love to hear from you!

Dan

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