The Coldest Night of the Year is a winterrific family-friendly walk in support of local charities serving people experiencing hurt, hunger, and homelessness. Join us on February 24, 2024 - team up, fundraise, walk, and take a moment to look closer... because it’s cold out there.
Home Hardware parking lot
ABOUT SOARING EAGLE SUPPORT SOCIETY (SESS)
Soaring Eagle Support Society (SESS) is a Charitable Society passionate about reducing risk to those who are homeless, underhoused and hard-to-house. Using a “Housing First” focus, SESS provides supported Transitional Housing and Outreach supports at the Eagle’s Nest Motel in Whitecourt Alberta - with the purpose to assist individuals to obtain and retain safe appropriate housing while addressing their many challenges.
Assisting individuals who are homeless is very costly to the community at large. On average, it costs $15,000 per month to house and help a homeless person. The SESS transitional housing program provides housing and supports to an individual for approximately $15,000 per YEAR. We see a marked reduction in the overuse of the Health, Criminal Justice and other systems; and an increase in positive and appropriate use of services, such as, the transit, parks, medical facilities, addictions and mental health, peer support groups and educational opportunities. The end results are folks who are positively active in the community, appropriately using services, and better citizens; and a community that embraces all its citizens.
Supported Transitional Housing is not readily available in rural Alberta; and Whitecourt and area does not have a homelessness/affordable housing strategy, nor provision for emergency homeless shelters. One of our goals is to work with our municipal governments and community to find a solution to homelessness in our area.
Funding for Rural Alberta for homelessness initiatives is limited, as most provincial funding is assigned to the urban centres. Rural Alberta, including Whitecourt, has a substantial lack of services, shelters, daytime drop-in centres, soup kitchens, mental health, addictions, health care, and affordable housing.
Our goal as a Society is to become self-sustainable to provide access to needed services for those who are most vulnerable in our community. We need YOUR help to make this a reality. Your donations will provide the housing and assistance that are not available to vulnerable folks in Whitecourt and area.
We welcome any discussion, questions or clarification.
Coldest Night of the Year
It is our goal to work together with our local municipalities, agencies and businesses to provide a solution to homelessness and the lack of appropriate housing in our communities - especially for those who are hard-to-house.
The funds raised from CNOY will go a long way to supporting these vulnerable individuals
Homelessness impacts everyone.
From the costs of emergency shelters, to institutional health and psychiatric services and the criminal justice system, to the individual physical and mental health impact on every homeless person, the causes and effects of homelessness cost all Canadians dearly.
Solving homelessness makes sense. Not only are we saving money, we are also doing the right thing.