Lunch & Learn: Mike Van Boom

Photo by  Pawel Czerwinski on Unsplash

In 2008 we began a monthly “Lunch & Learn” program with a presentation of local interest followed by a lively discussion. It is continuing on Zoom, we’ll offer the learning part and you bring your lunch. On Tuesday May 25 at noon, we continued the program with a talk by Mike Van Boom, Edmonton’s first housing ambassador.

Ten years ago, we came together as people of faith from many different religions and spiritual communities to work together to address homelessness and create the Capital Region Interfaith Housing Initiative (CRIHI). It has made a real difference in Edmonton for people who are or who have been homeless; as people of faith, we believe that we are called to strive as we are able so that everyone might have a home that is safe and affordable in communities that are welcoming. Mike gave us an update on the successes and ongoing challenges of this project and a new aspect of it: , helping local neighbours safely connect and care for each other during Covid-19.