Local community agencies gather for knowledge exchange
More than 200 people attended the Downtown Community Services Resource Fair, October 25.
Exhibitors and participants connected with a variety of staff, volunteers and security personnel to learn about the programs and services available for vulnerable people in the inner city.
"This is so great having so many agencies here, in one place," said one participant. "I had no idea of all the available services in this city."
A few agencies delivered program-specific presentations throughout the day.
Boyle Street Community Services talked about their Street Outreach, Water Wings and Streetworks programs. Bissell Centre discussed their Outreach Housing Team and Edmonton Public Library spoke to their Outreach Service.
REACH Edmonton presented on 24/7 Crisis Diversion focusing on the collaborative partnership approach, updates from the past year and information on how to access the service by calling 211 to dispatch the 24/7 Crisis Diversion Team.
"The presentations were a nice touch. It was nice to hear about the programs from the people running them," said a participant. "I'm happy there was an opportunity to ask questions."
This resource fair was organized in partnership with Bissell Centre, Boyle Street Community Services, City of Edmonton, Edmonton Public Library, Edmonton Police Service and REACH Edmonton.