Acadia Place is a 58-unit apartment complex that provides safe and stable affordable housing for families at risk of homelessness. Families living at Acadia Place have the opportunity to also receive the help that they need to address issues that lead to their situation. Many of the families living there have case managers that work directly with the families to address their concerns and to help them regain their independence. Acadia Place is a more permanent solution to homelessness because it provides families with a home they can call their own and brings dignity back into their lives by providing the supports that they need.
The Diocese, as part of its participation in KAIROS Calgary, has been involved with the Acadia Place project since its beginning. Our involvement to date has centered on fundraising for Acadia Place’s mortgage (held by the Calgary Homeless Foundation) and volunteering at the complex to help tenants on their road to a new life for their families. Fundraising has included funds from Bishop’s Dinner, parish contributions, Together in Action, and Coldest Night of the Year. Volunteer efforts have seen Calgary parishioners build a playground, provide building maintenance and improvement, and help with temporary moves after a water pipe broke.
It is in moments 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.
For more information please see the Acadia Place website at http://www.acadiaplace.com