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, we adapted to the global pandemic and re-imagined our campaign as Project Live for 5. Our livestream ran over a period of 5 days and our community came together to raise over $30,000 for 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.