Late Saturday afternoon’s Coldest Night of the Year Walk was a major success by all measures.
The third annual fundraiser, on Feb. 23 benefiting Chimo Community Services, drew more than 150 walkers and raised more than $28,000, which were two of the event’s goals, said event director Kathy Nakhleh.
“We are grateful to all our participants, volunteers, sponsors and donors,” she said.
This is the 45th anniversary of Chimo, which provides diverse services including housing support, crisis lines, violence prevention, counselling programs, legal advocacy, newcomer assistance, and community engagement. Chimo has more than 200 trained volunteers.
Among Chimo’s accomplishments in 2017/2018:
• 15,000 clients served by Crisis Line
• 900 clients have been supported in 12 languages
• 358 clients served and 72 workshops by settlement program
• 134 women and 90 children used Nova House
• 132 workshops delivered by community engagement
• 100 per cent of clients reported counselling made a difference
Chimo’s three-prong approach to affecting social change includes crisis programs for those in immediate need, transition programs for lasting changes, and education which encourages prevention and influences views and behaviours.