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A Thanksgiving meal at the Dream Centre

A Thanksgiving meal at the Dream Centre

Thanksgiving is on its way, and all over the city, Calgarians are looking forward to holiday feasting and quality time with family. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving isn’t a celebratory season for everyone. Plenty of people in Calgary and beyond will be spending the holiday outside, cold, alone, and hungry.

Most have experienced a sense of dignity and connection over a shared holiday dinner with family and friends. Because of this, the Calgary Dream Centre is working hard to put together a Thanksgiving meal for those who need it most. But they need your help.

For only $3.89 you can buy a hot, nutritious meal for two people. Anything you give before Thanksgiving will be matched up to $10,000.

Everyone deserves to feel loved and valued. Darcy Fischer, a graduate of the Calgary Dream Centre’s Men’s Recovery Program, is an example of the lives you can impact this season.

Fischer’s addiction started when he was only 13 as an attempt to fit in and cope with his home life.

“I didn’t have a good childhood at all. It was abusive – verbally, mentally, and physically. Now when I look back I can see I was lashing out,” Fischer says.

In his early 20s, he was able to stop what was now a dangerous drug addiction, but instead of recovery, he replaced one evil with another.

“I turned into an alcoholic. I drank and drank and drank. It was my coping mechanism,” Fischer says. Then life became unmanageable. “I had given up. I didn’t care about anything,” Fischer says. “I had given up on life.”

Although he had lost hope, everything was about to change. Fischer was connected to the Calgary Dream Centre, and since going through the program, says the change has been “night and day.”

“When you are not worrying about where your next meal is coming from, when you are not worrying about where you are going to sleep, you can worry about you, and that’s huge,” says Fischer.

Calgary Dream Centre CEO & Executive Director Jim Moore says by giving, you are not only providing someone with a plate of nourishment, but you are providing them with a sense of dignity and connection. “From the bottom of our heart we thank you,” says Moore.