CEO Sleepout 2016 September 20th, 2016
- Category: Local News
- Written by Kenton Dyck
Participants of the fourth annual CEO Sleepout spent Thursday night in K.R. Barkman Park in support of Today House and to get a taste of what it might mean to be homeless.
Today House Board Member Bev Dueck says there were 43 participants from the local business community alongside members of the Today House board. She says the whole event was fantastic.
“We had good energy and Michael Champagne came and spoke and he gave us an interesting peek into his own life and what we can do and how we can come together as a community with businesses and individuals and work together to help end homelessness. It was a really good challenge.”
Dueck says the night was warmer than they expected. She says they took part in activities that provoked thought about what it might be like to be homeless and how people who are experiencing homelessness cope with their situation.
“We did an activity where we stood on a line and if we could answer yes to certain questions we could move forward. Each of us were given a new identity that we were. Things like can you go out for dinner when you want to? No, couldn’t move. Do you feel safe all the time? Couldn’t move. Do you have hope for the future” Couldn’t move. It really brought it home that it is tough. It affects who you are and how you cope.”
Dueck says the fundraiser aspect to the CEO Sleepout was very successful.
“We did really well. Our goal was $50,000 and so far, to date, we have raised $53,000 and that covers the operating expenses of Today House and this is our major fundraising to do. It is great.”
Taste of Summer Charity BBQ August 8th, 2016
Today House was the recipient of a record-breaking $1963.05 that was raised at last Wednesday afternoon’s Taste of Summer Charity Barbecue. These Charity BBQ’s run every Wednesday in summer in front of SCU and have been phenomenal. What an amazing community event to connect with and support each other face to face.
Thank you to Goldenwest for organizing, to the many sponsors that make the lunch and the vibe amazing, and to the hot dog, cheese, chips and cookie lovers that joined us!! We appreciate you!
CEO SLEEPOUT – FUNDRAISER July 6th, 2016
Welcome to the Team! May 14th, 2016
We are so pleased to welcome Harold Laninga and Bev Dueck to our Today House Board of Directors. Their community dedication and wisdom make our team even stronger. Welcome!
Rockin’ for a Reason 2.0 – A Smashing Success April 26th, 2016
We are immensely grateful to RBB and Jordan St. Cyr for entertaining us, our table sponsors who see the value in our mission, and almost 200 rockin’ people who donated generously during the evening. It was a wonderful event and raised $20,084.50 that will be split equally between Today House and Steinbach Community Outreach to help folks that are experiencing homelessness. Thank you so much!