For the 30th consecutive year, the Sign of Hope campaign has surpassed its goal, raising $3,020,084.
The monies raised provide additional support for the ministries of Catholic Social Services (CSS).

"Despite an extremely competitive charitable fundraising environment, we are truly humbled and grateful that the community came through for us once again," said Carole Anctil-Michalysyhn, Chair of the 2013 Sign of Hope campaign. "It shows the respect they have for the excellent work provided by the dedicated staff and volunteers of Catholic Social Services to people in need."

Stephen Carattini, CEO of Catholic Charities/Catholic Social Services, said: "We are grateful to God for this outpouring of generosity and support. I also extend, in a particular way, my sincere gratitude to Carole Anctii-Michalyshyn and her team of 450 dedicated volunteers, for their leadership and tireless efforts. We are always blessed by their hard work and commitment."

"I am also very pleased that our feature ministry this year, our LaSalle Shelter, will be able
to continue to offer outstanding care, safe refuge, and support to women and their children who are
fleeing situations of domestic violence and abuse. Sign of Hope funds are vital to keeping the doors
open at LaSalle. "

Although all CSS community ministries receive some financial support from the Sign of Hope, there are several which rely heavily upon the campaign for their funding: Safe House and Safe Passages for sexually exploited street youth; First Steps and Step by Step programs for mothers and children affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder; Kairos programs for persons living with HIV / AIDS; Parent Teen Mediation services; individual and family counselling; and Elder Abuse Resource Supports service.

Catholic Social Services offers services in communities throughout central and northeast Alberta, with offices located in Edmonton, Bonnyville, Lloydminster, Red Deer, Wainwright and Wetaskiwin.

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