Homeless Connect is one of the most important events we have the privilege of hosting bi-annually with Homeward Trust. Founded in Edmonton in 2008, the event is a “Trade Fair” for over 1,400 guests who are either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. As a community hub, we leverage our space and event expertise to help Edmontonians who might be marginalized by their circumstances, and donate food and meal preparation services.
Our guests receive assistance with acquiring legal ID, crucial for many local aid programs. Homeless Connect provides guests with essential and dignity enhancing services, like dental, eye, and pre-natal care, hair cuts, tax preparation and more. First Nations, Inuit and Métis who attend Homeless Connect are able to seek counsel with an Elder and participate in smudging, an important act of cleansing, healing and reconnecting to their culture. Guests can experience the rare opportunity to take family photo taken (a reminder that the impacts of homelessness go beyond individuals), access the internet, and get a full load of laundry done – a basic service deeply appreciated by those who have gone without.
Homeless Connect creates genuine connections within our community and guests have the opportunity to share their stories and build relationships. Homeless Connect Edmonton is the largest event of its kind in Canada, with over 2,300 guests accessing 70 services, with the help of more than 350 volunteers.
To get involved and help, please click here.
Date: Sunday, October 14
Registration starts at 9:30 a.m.
Doors open and services start at 10 a.m.
Services end at 3 p.m.
To make parking easy and stress free, we have partnered with Parking Panda, the nationwide leader in online parking reservations, to allow you to search and reserve parking before your trip or on the go. View real-time availability and pricing at convenient locations within easy walking distance to the Shaw Conference Centre. Simply choose the day you’re attending or update the calendar to fit your schedule and view parking options. Non-reserved parking options are also listed here.
Once booked, your spot is 100% guaranteed at the selected location. Need assistance? Please give Parking Panda a call at (800) 232-6415 to speak with a helpful representative!