THE NEW HERB JAMIESON CENTRE

TOGETHER WE CAN PROVIDE SHELTER

THE NEW HERB JAMIESON CENTRE

TOGETHER WE CAN PROVIDE SHELTER

THE VISION

EMERGENCY CARE FOR ALL WHO NEED IT

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. Now he is working, and facing a good future, all because of you.

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.

 

Together we can provide shelter for people in need.

THE PROBLEM

THE HERB JAMIESON NEEDS TO BE REBUILT

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 Need For Additional Shelter Beds

The Need For Enhanced Security & Safety

The Need For 24/7 Shelter

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 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.

The building is not designed for adeq­uate 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.

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 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 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.

The Need For Enhanced Security & Safety

The building is not designed for adeq­uate 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 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.

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

THE PLAN

TOGETHER WE CAN PROVIDE SHELTER

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 a doctor, as well as spiritual counselling and addiction recovery programs that will bring lasting change.

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

HOW YOU CAN HELP

YOU CAN WRITE THE NEXT CHAPTER

To make this vision a reality, we need to raise $8 Million from the community, which will be matched by $8 million from the province.

This is a critical juncture for our city and for Hope Mission. We need to become a city that gives hope! You can step forward with kindness to make this happen.

Already just under 3000 people have given gifts to this project, and $6.1 million has been raised. We are so grateful for the tremendous outpouring of care! Now we need to take this over the finish line and make sure that safe shelter is available in Edmonton.

Total Needed: $8 Million

Would you consider a pledge to build a safer, more accessible shelter for people in need? You will change the face of care for the homeless in our city. We can’t do this without you. Thank you for your heart of compassion. Together, we will provide shelter.

THE NEW HERB JAMIESON CENTRE

TOGETHER WE CAN PROVIDE SHELTER

For more information please contact Becky at
becky (dot) payne (at) hopemission (dot) com

THE NEW HERB JAMIESON CENTRE

TOGETHER WE CAN PROVIDE SHELTER

For more information please contact Becky at becky.payne@hopemission.com