Tenant Newsletter

“Living here, I know I have worth. I know I matter. People here make me feel like I belong, and that makes a world of difference.”
- Julie, Tenant
Horizon Housing Society


On The Horizon: Horizon Housing’s Quarterly Tenant Newsletter

2017 Spring Tenant Newsletter
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2016 Fall Tenant Newsletter
2016 Summer Tenant Newsletter

Horizon Housing Tenants Celebrate the Calgary Stampede

Each year Calgarians embrace their heritage and the city comes to life with the comradery and boisterous livelihood of the Calgary Stampede. For Horizon Housing, this celebration means more than it might to the average festival-goer. On July 12, Horizon Housing celebrated its 8th annual Tenant Stampede BBQ, a celebration that aims to reflect the true values of the Calgary Stampede: inclusiveness, community and hospitality.

With the help of generous sponsors, donors, volunteers and staff, over 300 tenants and community members gathered for an afternoon of Midway-style food, Western-themed games, dancing, singing and good old Stampede fun.

“The Calgary Stampede brings our community together each year,” says Kim O’Brien, Executive Director of Horizon Housing. “It’s so important that everyone has the opportunity, regardless of their circumstance, to join in this celebration which is intrinsic to our city’s culture. With the help of our supporters, we can bring the Stampede spirit to our tenants each year.”

Horizon Housing tenant Mike Pineo has not missed a single Tenant Stampede Barbecue and believes it’s much more than a party. “Every year there is great food, music and games, but you also get to know your neighbours and expand your support networks,” says Pineo. “Life can be tough and many of us need a little help and support to deal with our challenges.”

Thank you to our sponsors, donors, volunteers, media, guests and of course our tenants for coming together to help us celebrate eight years of the Calgary Stampede.

To view the Global TV segment on this year’s Tenant Stampede BBQ, click here.

Horizon Housing Tenants Celebrate the Holidays

The holidays are here. A special time of year to give thanks, celebrate and get into the spirit of the season. On Saturday, December 12, Horizon Housing Society shared the holiday spirit with residents at its third annual Tenant Holiday Party. Each year, the event has become more and more popular, which meant a bigger venue was in store for 2015 with more space to share in the fun and festivities. Tenants arrived on four holiday shuttle buses from Horizon Housing’s seven apartment buildings throughout the city.

Over 200 tenants, staff and volunteers gathered at the Acadia Recreation Complex to ring in the holidays. There were many smiles as guests enjoyed food and drinks, music, games, door prizes, a magician, and even a popcorn bar!

To Donnie Ryan, a Horizon Housing Tenant, this was more than just a Holiday Party. “I have had a hard life and battled depression for a long time now. Horizon Housing has really helped me by providing me with a secure place to call my own. It’s very important to me to have my own place where I can cook, clean, and lay my head down every night. Having a home with Horizon Housing and the support through CUPS has truly changed my life around. I haven’t celebrated Christmas in over 15 years. So coming out to the party was very special for me.”

Brownlee LLP sponsored the event and had several staff come out for the day to volunteer. “The Brownlee staff had a fantastic day and it was incredible how many people attended,” said Kayla Dunn, Legal Assistant at Brownlee LLP.  “It’s truly wonderful to help out with an event like this and we plan to support the event in the coming years.”

There was a surprise visit from Santa Claus, who delivered gifts and goodies to all of the residents attending. Santa Claus seemed to bear a striking resemblance to a tenant from Bob Ward Residence, Bob Patrick. “Many of the people living at Horizon Housing are on their own and might not get to celebrate the holidays. Santa likes to give back and bring a little cheer into their life.” Bob says.

Events like this allow staff, volunteers and tenants to interact in a casual setting, build meaningful relationships and create stronger connections. The party inspires a sense of community and welcome that is so important during the holiday season, a time of year that embodies a spirit of giving and goodwill among friends, family and neighbours.