At the current moment of this writing, the current temperature is -26 in Calgary. With the windchill and other factors, it feels like -38.
In other words, it’s extremely cold. Quite likely, you are going to be staying in the comforts of your home. You will sit and relax and have something hot, and you will be warm, and you will be comfortable.
In many senses, you might feel fortunate. Because, there are many tonight that do not have that privilege.
I’m talking about the homeless. Imagine just for a moment, you do not have a place to call home. Struggling to find a comfortable place to rest. In this cold, that would be tough. This leads to a higher risk of frostbite, hypothermia,and other health risks.
Well, there’s the Mustard Seed right? That’s an option for the homeless? Last night, they turned away about 15 people. In other words, the places and the options where they can go is limited.
I’m not trying to make you feel guilty. I’m trying to bring a perspective into a situation.
Do you remember during the floods the response from Calgarians supporting their neighbours in need? There was more volunteers then anyone imagined. People stepped out and they spoke out. We as a community stood up. We spoke through action, we spoke through social media, we offered homes and food.
Right now, some might say we are in the brink of an emergency. And the silence is deafening.
Argue what you want about how one got to where they are today. Today, they are there
Again, I’m not trying to make you feel guilty. However, I think the time has come to ask some questions.
In extreme cold situations like this, is there more as a community that we can do to provide safe and warm shelter for the homeless? What do you think of the City of Calgary’s policies on this? Do they provide enough support?
And one more question.
How can use Social Media as a tool for communication, share options of support for the homeless in these conditions.
I’m not trying to make you feel guilty. However, put yourself in their shoes. What would you want?
It’s the end of this writing. The current temperature is -26. It still feels like it’s -38. And it will only get colder.