As the COVID-19 coronavirus continues to weave its way across the globe, many individuals, right here in Cochrane and Calgary, are feeling the impact. The effects are not only health-related, but also financial due to job loss. There is also an increase in loneliness and loss of hope as a result of social-distancing and self-isolation.
During this uniquely challenging time, people may be feeling a sense of loss of freedom. However, some members of our community, who already face barriers like poverty, homelessness and social isolation, need our help now more than ever.
This unique situation has undeniably created many challenges. However, this has also prompted some businesses to ask how they can re-focus their resources to help those in need.
The Crossing at Ghost River has been a popular venue for decades as a conference and retreat centre. It is well known for its beautiful riverside setting and exceptional hospitality. Many have enjoyed the space and facilities during their conferences, meetings, retreats and workshops, not to mention The Crossing’s own special events.
Unfortunately, like many other organizations, The Crossing at Ghost River is closed for business during these unprecedented times. However, the Crossing’s dedicated team is not standing still! They have decided to give back to the community and introduced a grassroots community outreach initiative.
The Crossing has partnered with local community members, such as “Helping Hands Society” in Cochrane, “Homes for Heroes” and the “Veterans Association Food Bank” in Calgary. The event venue and its partners provide people in need with nutritious, healthy and wholesome meals.
“Take Care of your Community and your Community Will Take Care of You”
Their experienced 5-Star kitchen team is keeping busy. Each week, the team is preparing and delivering approximately 100 individual meals, 100 containers of soup and 20 food hampers to these organizations.
The Crossing’s general manager, Jori Guetg, affirms, “We are pleased to help during these unprecedented times. We hope the meals will bring a smile and provide much needed support to those in need.”
The Crossing at Ghost River is planning a Mother’s Day 2020 fund raising event. It will prepare a brunch dish (meals for two) that people can pick up and enjoy on Mother’s Day. 100% of the event’s proceeds will buy food to prepare more meals for the local charities. More details to be announced shortly.