I Choose Hope

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An Invitation to Hope

Human beings were created with a higher purpose- to spread a message of hope, love, and unity. Right now, the world needs this message more than ever.

We are living through a difficult time in human history. All of us have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and its weight has been heavy. From job loss to mental health challenges, we are wrestling with the new reality we have found ourselves in.

But amidst all of the pain and fear, there is hope. Will you carry that banner with us?

When you wear an I Choose Hope button, you’re taking an important step to make a statement, becoming an ambassador of hope. It is a physical symbol of your choice to have faith and believe that we can all help each other through these challenging times. This is your opportunity to be a beacon of light to our city. There are many opportunities to choose hope. Let’s come together and make a difference!

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How Can I Choose Hope?

Walk for Hope

Join the Walk for Hope! This is a chance to come together on behalf of our city and those at the Calgary Dream Centre overcoming homelessness and addiction. The day will be high energy and act as a beacon of hope for Calgary. Raise what you can to make an impact in your city!

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Double your Impact

Thanks to a generous donor, all funds given to the I Choose Hope movement will be matched up to $100,000! That means you can give TWICE the love to individuals overcoming homelessness and addiction during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wear your Button Proud

The I Choose Hope button is a statement. Whether you are on a Zoom call or grocery shopping at your local store, this is a chance to be an ambassador of hope. Share a photo or video of you wearing the I Choose Hope button and tell your network why you choose hope. Make sure you tag @yycdreamcentre and use the hashtag #ichoosehopeyyc to be featured. Together, let’s blanket the whole city with hope.

Shave your Head

The Razors for Recovery challenge will take care of your much-needed haircut, and inspire your family and friends to Choose Hope. Make a profile & set a fundraising target here, knock it out of the park, and then challenge a friend! An I Choose Hope button will be given to each participant.

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Purchase a Planter Box

Spring is here and that means it’s time to garden. Our Calgary Dream Centre Woodshop has a catalogue of beautiful, locally crafted planter boxes you can use to brighten up your space. An I Choose Hope button is included with each item. To make a purchase, please call/text 403-888-1187 or send us an inquiry.

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Buy a Taco

There is nothing better than guilt-free treats! Our friends at StrEATS Canada have set up camp in our parking lot and will be donating all profits to the Calgary Dream Centre. They will be open Monday – Saturday from 11am – 8pm. Make a donation to receive an I Choose Hope button with your meal.

How Calgary Is Choosing Hope

I am Choosing Hope Because…

“People are fearful and paralyzed. Hope believes there is an end to all of this. Hope keeps us moving forward”.

– Jim Moore, CEO / Executive Director, Calgary Dream Centre

I am Choosing Hope Because…

“All things are possible when you believe”

– Craig Hill, Pastor, Imagine Church

I am Choosing Hope Because…

“It inspires myself and others.”

– Krystina, Women’s Housing Resident

I am Choosing Hope Because…

“I am loved and I have love to give.”

– Dante, Men’s Recovery Program

I am Choosing Hope Because…

“Each day that I come to work I see miracles in the transformations of our clients. Hope follows kindness and I want to be part of that movement!”

– Karen, Fund Development Manager, Calgary Dream Centre

I am Choosing Hope Because…

“Without it I wouldn’t have been given a second chance”

– Craig Dowd, Operational Support Worker, Calgary Dream Centre

I am Choosing Hope Because…

“I choose life.”

– Kyle, Men’s Recovery Program

We are Choosing Hope Because…

“Transformation happens when hope is found. We have seen it in the lives of those we serve, in the way our city pulls together through challenging times, and in each step forward we take. Hope is alive, and hope is changing lives!”

– Calgary Dream Centre

Where Does Your Support Go?

Proceeds from the I Choose Hope buttons support people overcoming homelessness and addiction during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to a generous donor, all funds given to the I Choose Hope movement will be matched up to $100,000! The funds you raise will provide:

Safe & Supportive Homes

Nutritious Meals

Online Case Management Appointments

Socially-Distanced Recovery Classes

Spiritual Guidance & Connection

Hope

How Can I Get a Button?

Buttons are available by donation. Every little bit helps, and we encourage you to give what you can.

Once you have filled out the donation form below, buttons will be available for pick up at the Calgary Dream Centre. Text 403-819-6633 after you make your donation, and we will ensure your order is available when you swing by.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you will! Any donation of $10.00 or more will receive a charitable tax receipt. The receipt will be mailed to the address provided after Dec 31, 2020.

Questions or Comments

We’d love to hear from you! If you have any additional questions or have an idea of how you can join the I Choose Hope movement, please let us know!

Support The I Choose Hope Movement

We can’t wait to have you join the movement! By choosing hope, you will make a real impact in this city we love.

Help us spread this important message by picking up your I Choose Hope button and wearing it with pride. Don’t forget to double your impact by giving today. Your donation will help individuals in our city overcoming homelessness and addiction.

Together, let’s lift spirits and raise hope!

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