A Place to Call Home (formerly The Acadia Place Project)
Acadia Place is a 58-unit apartment complex that provides safe and stable affordable housing for families at risk of homelessness. Families are given support to address issues that lead to their situation and to help them regain their independence. Acadia Place provides families with a home they can call their own and brings dignity back into their lives.
The Diocese, as part of its participation in KAIROS Calgary, has been involved with the Acadia Place Project from the beginning. Our involvement to date is twofold:
- help raise $1.5 million toward Acadia Place’s mortgage to provide lower rents for those most in need.
- engage volunteers in building projects and tenant supports.
Funds raised have come from the annual Bishop’s Dinner, parish contributions, Together in Action, and Coldest Night of the Year. On May 7, 2016 the first goal was achieved thus paying off the mortgage at Acadia Place! This means that monthly rents can now be sustained at affordable levels forever- a tremendous gift to families in need of safe, affordable housing. Fundraising efforts by A Place to Call Home (formerly called the Acadia Place project) will now go towards paying off the mortgage of Bankview.
Bankview - A Place to Call Home is located near downtown Calgary, and is a 27-unit apartment building that is home to a mixture of singles, couples and small families. The Calgary Homeless Foundation (CHF) purchased the building in April 2010 and is currently fundraising to pay off the $1.1 million mortgage on Bankview. Together, we can help to create another sustainable building with affordable rents for individuals in need.
Volunteer efforts have seen Calgary parishioners build a playground and provide building maintenance and improvement. Dedicated volunteers continue to support tenants by building community with the families living at Acadia Place. As part of KAIROS Calgary, we are able to do this not only at Acadia Place, but in other buildings that have been adopted by the group: Bankview, Claire and Longbow.
It is in acts such as these that we have the opportunity to truly exemplify love of our neighbor and answer God’s call to be brothers and sisters to all.