Since 1929, Hope Mission’s mandate has been to provide emergency care for men, women, and children in need.

Mark is one of the hundreds of people who come to the doors of Hope Mission in need of help. Struggling with a personal crisis and addiction, Mark lost everything and found himself at the doors of Hope Mission.

“I had nothing left and this place was my last hope”

It was through the care and support from our donors that Hope Mission was able to welcome him in with open arms.

This is Hope Mission’s purpose: partnering with you to give hope to people just like Mark. We believe that the provision of basic needs – a hot meal, a warm bed and clothing – can be the first step towards hope like it was for Mark.

We know there will always be people like Mark who need help. Our vision is that no one who needs emergency care is left alone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark is one of the hundreds of people who come to the doors of Hope Mission in need of help. Struggling with a personal crisis and addiction, Mark lost everything and found himself at the doors of Hope Mission.

“I had nothing left and this place was my last hope”

It was through the care and support from our donors that Hope Mission was able to welcome him in with open arms.

This is Hope Mission’s purpose: partnering with you to give hope to people just like Mark. We believe that the provision of basic needs – a hot meal, a warm bed and clothing – can be the first step towards hope like it was for Mark.

We know there will always be people like Mark who need help. Our vision is that no one who needs emergency care is left alone.

Together we can provide shelter for people in need.

You might not be aware of this, but Hope Mission’s Herb Jamieson Centre – the primary shelter for Edmonton’s homeless men – is an old, tired, and unsafe building. This is an urgent need. If we don’t rebuild the Herb Jamieson Centre, we will not be able to care for everyone who comes to our doors.

The Need For Wheelchair Access

The people who come to Hope Mission often have amputations or mobility issues, but the building is not wheelchair accessible. 

Matt, a shelter worker, knows how hard it is to turn people with mobility issues away: “It’s really discouraging to turn away people with walkers or wheelchairs because they are more marginalized than other people that we serve. You want to help these guys. It would be really beneficial to have more capacity.”

The Solution: Improved Accessibility

The new Herb Jamieson will be wheelchair accessible and will be able to accommodate any individuals who have mobility issues.

The Need For Additional Shelter Beds

The Centre shelters a maximum capacity of 249 men. We have operated at or beyond the maximum capacity many times throughout the years, especially during the coldest months of the year. Over the last number of years, we have been forced to find overflow shelter capacity in alternate locations.

The Herb Jamieson Centre shelters men in dorm rooms with bunk beds. Men are crowded into rooms in order to make space for everyone who comes to our doors. In the depths of winter, the rooms become overcrowded and uncomfortable. The building lacks sufficient washroom and showering facilities.

Did you know that when the building was originally constructed in the 1960s, the population of Edmonton was only 300,000 people? Today, the population of Edmonton has passed 900,000.

The Solution: Sufficient Capacity

The new Herb Jamieson will be able to shelter 400 people – so everyone can have a safe place to sleep. The space is flexible to meet the increases and decreases of the number of people needing shelter throughout the year.

The Need For Enhanced Security & Safety

The building is not designed for adeq­ate supervision and this makes it unsafe. The dorms are separated so that staff are not able to keep every dorm secure at the same time. The lack of supervision puts clients and staff at risk.

The Solution: Open Concept Design

The open concept design of the new Herb Jamieson keeps people safe by enabling adequate supervision, and keeps the place properly ventilated.

The Need For 24/7 Shelter

Our city needs a place where people can be sheltered 24/7. We need a place where EPS and EMS and other emergency services can drop people off who require a place to rest and recover. Hope Mission is a 24/7 Shelter, but the Herb Jamieson Centre is not designed to function safely and efficiently as a 24/7 facility.

The Solution: Open Day & Night

The first floor of the new Herb Jamieson is a 24/7 shelter with capacity for 200 people to be sheltered 24 hours a day.

Without a rebuilt Herb Jamieson Centre, people will be put at risk.

We have a plan to rebuild the Herb Jamieson Centre as a shelter with capacity and enhanced supports to care for people for the next thirty years.

The new Herb Jamieson Centre will be a 24/7 emergency shelter with capacity for 400 people.

Safe and wheelchair accessible, the new Herb Jamieson Centre will connect people to the doctor, spiritual counselling and addiction recovery programs that will bring lasting change.

As of June 19, 2017, we have received a Development Permit that gives us a window of two years to build.

We have a plan and a window to build: Now we need you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To make this vision a reality, we need to raise $8 Million from the community, to be matched by $8 Million from the Province. This is the biggest initiative in Hope Mission history, and we can’t do it without you.

Would you consider a transformative gift to give shelter to people in need?

To make this vision a reality, we need to raise $8 Million from the community, to be matched by $8 Million from the Province. This is the biggest initiative in Hope Mission history, and we can’t do it without you.

Would you consider a transformative gift to give shelter to people in need?

Campaign Update:

 

I hope you will consider a generous gift to care for people in need through the new Herb Jamieson Centre. Thank you, and God bless you as you bless others!

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