Christian churches in Edmonton are once again joining forces at Christmas to assist those at risk of homelessness through the annual No Room in the Inn campaign.

Canadian Mental Health Association – Edmonton Region (CMHA-ER) has been chosen as the 2014 project for the ecumenical justice housing initiative known as No Room in the Inn. CMHA-ER has been providing safe, affordable, long-term housing to individuals with mental illness for more than 40 years.

Citrus Court, one of six properties managed by CMHA-ER, houses 26 individuals and one family. With water damage in a number of units, it is in desperate need of a new roof. The funds raised by No Room in the Inn will contribute to the much needed roof replacement.

The Archdiocese of Edmonton has been a part of No Room in the Inn since its inception 16 years ago. The appeal is based on the story of Mary and Joseph, who arrived in Bethlehem to discover there was no room for them at the inn, so were forced to take refuge in a stable until Jesus was born. Each year, church congregations and parishes are invited to donate part of their Christmas Eve collections to the campaign. Funds raised are delivered to a different housing project each year, selected by a committee of volunteers from the Edmonton & District Council of Churches and the Quality of Life Commission.

To date, more than 60 congregations from eight different denominations have raised over $700,000 for projects aimed at providing safe and affordable housing for those who are in greatest need.

For more details about the 2014 campaign and how your parish or community can be involved, download the No Room in the Inn brochure.