On April 29 about 70 people attended a plenary meeting of the Capital Region Interfaith Housing Initiative at the Catholic Pastoral Centre. Many Christian denominations were represented as well as the Zoroastrian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, and Unitarian faiths.
After an overview of the initiative’s history and reports on current projects, Bishop Jane Alexander called for a renewed commitment on the part of faith leaders, both to ending homelessness and to the broader effort to end poverty in Edmonton. A proposal was presented to move the organization, which has up to now been volunteer-run, to a more sustainable basis with dedicated funding and two paid staff. During the discussion that followed, a number of participants made commitments of money and other resources.
There was also grateful acknowledgement of the work of Dr. Bob McKeon who is about to retire from his position with the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton and has devoted countless hours to ensuring the success of the initiative.