5 Days for the Homeless was started by business students from the University of Alberta in 2005. Their mission was to generate awareness about homelessness, raise monetary donations for local charities around the country and to change the image of business students. During this event, student participants experience homelessness for five days in early March, in hopes of achieving these goals. Since its inception, this movement has expanded from a local movement at the University of Alberta to a national campaign with 19 other universities throughout Canada joining in. This past year, over $200,000 was raised nationally and the Paul J. Hill School of Business raised over $58,000 (the highest raised across Canada, ever!). This year, our campus-wide goal is to raise $60,000, with all funds going to our local partner, Carmichael Outreach.
Carmichael Outreach is a non-profit organization in Regina, Sk. They offer emergency services and long-term supports with a goal to end the chronic experiences of poverty and homelessness in our city. Carmichael focuses on strong community values including respect, dignity and empowerment.