Gianna Manes, President and CEO, ENMAX Corporation announces a $300,000, three-year commitment to Aspen Family and Community Network Society and Distress Centre.
CALGARY, July 17, 2013 /CNW/ - While flood levels have receded, the
level of stress on Albertans is on the rise. Distress Centre has seen a
38 per cent increase in calls, and that number is expected to grow the
longer people remain out of their homes. In addition, Aspen Family and
Community Network Society continues to support the city's most
vulnerable populations as they struggle to recover from the ripple
effects of the flood.
This crisis further underscores the need to support Albertans facing
challenging circumstances. That is why Aspen Family and Community
Network Society and Distress Centre are pleased to announce a $300,000
three-year commitment from ENMAX Corporation to help flood-affected and
vulnerable Albertans. Through this partnership, ENMAX will work with
these agencies to assist clients in times of crisis, and to identify
ways to help vulnerable Albertans manage their long-term energy needs.
"This is our way to reach out to families and individuals during a time
of need and assist them in making ends meet and building life skills
before their situation becomes dire," said Gianna Manes, President and
CEO, ENMAX. "With our connection to Aspen Family and Community Network
Society and Distress Centre, we can refer vulnerable customers to these
organizations to help them with their immediate financial strain and
the underlying challenges they may be facing. By combining our
expertise, we will be able to have a larger, long-term impact in
helping those in our community who need it the most."
ENMAX will provide each agency with $150,000 over three years. The money
will be used in various ways, including funding towards an energy
specialist for Aspen Family and Community Network Society who can
assist struggling families better manage their power consumption.
"We've had families who helped with evacuees, and in turn have ended up
in trouble with not enough money for food, shelter and bills for
themselves," said Shirley Purves, CEO, Aspen Family and Community
Network Society. "Our goal is to support people to break the cycle of
poverty, creating sustainable livelihoods - for life. This partnership
with ENMAX will go a long way in helping Aspen Family and Community
Network Society reach that goal."
Distress Centre is planning to use the ENMAX donation to primarily
support ongoing training, supervision and development of the volunteers
who provide the direct frontline support and referrals through the
crisis line while continuing to support the Emergency Financial
"With ENMAX's support, we will be able to provide help to many more
people," said Distress Centre's Executive Director Joan Roy. "We are
extremely thankful for ENMAX's partnership and the impact it will have
on those who come to us seeking help during difficult times."
For the last six years, ENMAX has worked with Aspen Family and Community
Network Society through the Winter Breather Program to help people
dealing with utility costs to support them through the harsh Calgary
Aspen Family and Community Network Society is an established social
service agency in Calgary, helping thousands of children, teens, adults
and families, most of whom are living in poverty. The organization is
leading a fundamental shift from just helping people cope with their
problems to learning how to overcome their challenges for good and
create better lives for themselves and their families. Aspen offers a
variety of programs and resources ranging from foster and group homes,
to outreach for new Canadians, parents and youth, as well as family
support and much more.
Founded in 1970, Distress Centre provides confidential support,
information and resource referrals free of charge to anyone
experiencing crisis, whatever that crisis may be. Services include the
24-hour crisis line at 403-266-HELP(4357), online support at www.distresscentre.com, youth peer support services and professional no-fee crisis counseling
for individuals, couples, families and groups.
ENMAX Corporation, through subsidiaries and predecessors, has provided Albertans with
safe, reliable electricity for over 100 years. The ENMAX group of
companies provides electricity, natural gas and value-added services to
over 835,000 residential, commercial and industrial metered customer
locations in Alberta. ENMAX Energy Corporation, a subsidiary of ENMAX
Corporation, is Alberta's leading competitive electricity retailer.
Through subsidiaries, ENMAX Energy is one of Alberta's largest
investors in renewable energy.
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SOURCE: ENMAX Corporation
For further information:
Aspen Family media contact
Director, Fund Development
Distress Centre media contact
Sr. Manager Fund Development & Communications
ENMAX media contact
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