A message from Alan and Sheryl

While RESOLVE is gearing up for an exciting summer of progress, we know there are still many vulnerable Calgarians in need of affordable and supported rental housing.

With the engine of Calgary’s economy running on low for the time being, we must remember that even more households are just one paycheque away from losing their homes.

The 2015 update to Calgary’s Plan to End Homelessness showed that the number of households at extreme risk of becoming homeless has increased to 15,600.

We may not see the couch-surfers, people living in hospital or emergency shelters, or those living in unsafe conditions. But they are there and they need our help.

To date, we have raised enough funds to provide 951 people with a key to a home of their own.

Together, we are laying the foundation for ending the affordable housing crisis through RESOLVE’s nine-Partner collaboration – creating a trickle-down effect that can spark the collective impact outlined in the Plan to End Homelessness update.

We are excited to introduce RESOLVE’s new Major Gifts Council (see sidebar). This extension of the Calgarians Committed to Change (CCC) is made up of 19 influential community and business leaders in Calgary. They will play a key role in fundraising for $25,000 to $500,000 gifts while the CCC will continue to fundraise for $1 million gifts and up.

Development permits for two new Calgary Homeless Foundation RESOLVE projects were approved in March 2015: a 24-unit building in Crescent Heights with construction expected to begin this summer; and a 25-unit assisted living building in Hillhurst-Sunnyside with construction anticipated to begin this fall. These projects are made possible by Morrison Homes and StreetSide Developments, respectively, with an upcoming joint kickoff for both projects. Please see the event listing in the newsletter for more events.

While you’re around the city keep a look out for media generously gifted by our donors, including the RESOLVE Super Train (pictured above) – an entire C-train car wrapped in the RESOLVE message to increase awareness about the critical need for more affordable housing. The space was donated by Pattison Outdoor Advertising for a full year.

With decades of experience and commitment to impacting Calgary’s most vulnerable, our nine Partners are collaborating to create a transformational change that will leave a lasting legacy in our city.

Thank you all for supporting RESOLVE. Together we can make Calgary a better home for everyone.


RESOLVE Major Gifts Council:
Gary McNamara, Co-Chair
John Armstrong
Gabriel Chen
Stephen M.V. Clark
Al Duerr
Bill Dyck
Blaine Favel
Karin Finley
Kevin Gregor
Simone Hughes
Sandi Kaye
Grit McCreath
David McElhanney
Roger McMechan
Simon Rainsbury
Ruth Ramsden-Wood
Cindy Rutherford
Bob Spence

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Alan Norris
Chair, Calgarians Committed to Change Cabinet
President and CEO, Brookfield Residential Properties

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Sheryl Barlage
Executive Director
RESOLVE Campaign