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Massive Food Bank Drive in South Red Deer this Saturday

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Spring Food Drive a Big Help for Red Deer Food Bank

Red Deer families volunteer their time in massive South Red Deer food drive taking place this week.

The cupboards are getting very bare at the Red Deer Foodbank. Alberta’s economic downturn has been challenging for Central Alberta families and many have turned to the Red Deer Food Bank for help. “This past year, the Red Deer Food Bank helped more than 20,000 people,” says Alice Kolisnyk, Deputy Director of the Red Deer Food Bank. “The food is going out as fast as it’s coming in. We always see an increase in donations at Christmas, but those donations are depleted now.”

A spring food drive organized by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Red Deer has become an important way for the Red Deer Food Bank to stock its shelves. Bags will be delivered to the doorsteps of homes on the south side of the city this week and they will be picked up on Saturday April 27 between 10 am and 12 noon and delivered to the Red Deer Food Bank.

The spring food drive is absolutely crucial for us,” Kolinsky says. “So many families need help to make ends meet – 35 to 40 percent of our clients are children.”

All south-area residents are reminded to please support the food bank by leaving a food donation on their doorstep this Saturday. Anyone whodoes not get a yellow bag in their mailbox next week is more than welcome to bring donations to the Bower chapel (3002 47th Ave) between 10 am and noon on Saturday, April 27.

We do a fall food drive in the north half of the city and a spring food drive in the south half of the city every year,” says Allison Strate, Red Deer Stake Food Drive Coordinator. “Red Deer citizens have been very generous and together the two food drives typically bring in between 18,000 -20,000 kg of food.” The Red Deer Food Bank is hoping that Red Deer residents will support this food drive, so they can continue to do the important work of assisting Central Alberta families.

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Red Deer Hospice Expansion to serve up to 100 more families each year

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The addition and renovation at Red Deer Hospice is nearing completion!  It’s a beehive of activity there and Red Deer Hospice needs your help.
Since Red Deer Hospice opened back in 2005, more than 1,300 residents and their families have been cared for.  With occupancy rates typically exceeding 90 percent, it was important to take on a major expansion.
Six new private rooms are being added, as well as additional soaker tubs and shower rooms and two large multi-purpose rooms for respite care and day programs.   With this growth it’s also necessary to enhance the kitchen, nursing station, and family areas.
It all points to the important role hospice plays in the community.. and it’s only going to get more important as the addition of 6 rooms means up to 100 more residents and families will attend Red Deer Hospice every year.

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In this short video Debra Petty talks about why she became one of the original founders of Red Deer Hospice.

To donate or for more information please click here.

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Edmonton community members explore using the Emergency Room as an entry point to transitional housing

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Is there a better way than simply releasing a person experiencing homelessness from the hospital back onto the street? It creates an endless cycle of emergency room visits and escalating costs, not to mention the challenges the patients face in having a successful recovery.

As we continue to look for solutions to homelessness in our city, a group of community members from different fields and backgrounds met recently to brainstorm and discuss alternatives to the practice of releasing patients into a state of homelessness.

That’s a long way of saying that if someone experiencing homelessness comes to an emergency room with a need for medical aid, the only alternative once treated is to release the patient back onto the street.  The chances of recovery are greatly diminished, while the probability of return visits increases.  The costs are severe, both to the person experiencing homelessness and to our ever-more expensive health care system.

Spearheading the initiative is Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti, a veteran emergency room physician at the Royal Alexandra Hospital and a Professor at the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta.

Watch this short video to hear from some of those involved and to better understand the concept and learn why there is a growing groundswell of support for this idea.

 

There are many ways that people can get involved with this initiative.  It’s common sense that housing and health are interconnected. Finding solutions to chronic homelessness and easing pressure on our health care system is something we can all get behind.

Please contact Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti directly to learn more about the project and how you can help:

Phone 780.932-7187

lfrances@ualberta.ca

 

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