In 2019, St. Thomas United Church joined the Calgary Alliance for the Common Good (CACG) to facilitate our efforts of making a lasting difference in our city. We have done many projects over the years: Inn From The Cold, Avenue 15, Veterans Food Bank among others, which has helped people in need and shown them the loving hands of Christ through our work. To build upon this success we have been searching for a way to better create a lasting change in the lives of the people who need it the most.
CACG can do just that. The Alliance is a group of many different organizations: churches, labour unions and non-profit organizations, that use the power of their many and varied voices to research and find practical solutions to problems that Calgarians have. The research-backed solutions are then presented to politicians from the city, province and federally to get their support and make these changes. Most solutions do not involve governments spending more money and some, like preventative programs, can actually save tax payers dollars.
For example, the Seniors Programs that CACG presented to City Council, asked for a seniors Help Line to better access services that would allow seniors to stay in their homes. Staying in their own homes is better for seniors as it allows them to remain active in their community with their friends and neighbors for support. It is better for the city and province as it is much more cost effective to have someone help seniors mow their lawn and shovel their walk, then have them rely upon the staff and facilities of seniors residences.
If you are interested in joining the movement to change lives for the better or want more information about the CACG, please contact Karen Kavanagh through the office.