Easter at Sonshine - Celebrating our Family of Churches

Sonshine has grown from a deep and rich history of support from Churches. Our organization was founded by River Park Church in 1978. The missional focus of churches in our community have equipped and empowered us to do our work through supports, funding, sponsorship and advocacy. Thank you to all our community members of faith that have been supporting us over the years!

We are excited to highlight church impact by sharing a conversation with Andrea Lai from Westside Calgary Chinese Alliance Church. They have been supporting Sonshine with regular suite sponsorship and often engage in activities and gifts on behalf of the families - including Valentine's Day gifts this year. Please enjoy this interview and learn more about their support.

How has your congregation been supporting Sonshine?

I am the coordinator for our church's "social compassion committee" helping connect our small groups and congregation to external organizations for support. One of our members, Carol, had created the relationship with Sonshine years past and created a mission to keep supporting with suite sponsorship and special gifts for the residents. Now, we continue to support and create capacity for Sonshine year after year.

Why do you choose Sonshine?

Mothers of our congregation want to help mothers and create compassion and empathy for those needing support. We can only imagine how hard the situation could be and the importance of having support. Women and children can have a more difficult life in general because they are vulnerable and we should be providing support to them. This was important for our church.

What has been your motivation to sponsoring a suite?

It's creating awareness and having a privileged community supporting those in need and knowing we're bridging the gap and making changes. It's often the small things like creating crafts, or create awareness and understanding of violence for our church. Creating conversations in community and supporting Sonshine creates a spark for those conversations.

Is there a missional focus for your group?

We want to have a consistent commitment in providing a suite and have a collaborative focus to keep going, to increase awareness and have individuals reach out to Sonshine if needed. As an Alliance church the focus is to support both missions aboard and local. We want to help local Calgarians and our community.

"Working with the Sonshine staff and learning about opportunities to connect with families or create opportunities is eye opening. Sonshine does such a great job at creating opportunity for us to really help and create supports."


Start a Ripple-Effect Today!

We are two weeks into our Spring Campaign raising funds for life changing and industry-leading programs in helping children and families to heal from domestic violence and trauma.

We are pleased to announce an anonymous donor has given $25,000 to this campaign and we're looking to match this gift with you today!

We are inviting all of our donors to consider giving a gift to support our programs this year. Our goal is to raise an additional $100,000 from March 15 - April 30th.

Help us today in supporting families and ending domestic violence!

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We are celebrating a major milestone for our organization as we are now mortgage free at our Sonshine Centre! We are working towards major renovations this year for much needed upgrades, maintenance and new program spaces. We will create space for neighbours to meet neighbours and these upgrades will also promote healing and wellness.

We hosted a small number of our friends for an "Evening of Hospitality" where Ken and Barb (from our board of directors) ceremoniously tore up our old lease agreement. And staff celebrated during with the week with cake and a time to come together in the office.

What's New:

If you, your company, community group, congregation or family want to directly support our residents, please click to our Adopt-A-Suite webpage to learn more about our partner sponsorship opportunities to make long-lasting change in the lives of our families. Our four-tired portfolio has options for you to invest families in multiple ways!

National Volunteer Appreciation Week: April 16-22

Sonshine has 100 outstanding individuals that volunteer on behalf of our program areas and families! There are 15 who pour their efforts into our weekly programs and duties and make Sonshine a home filled with love and support. We will be celebrating all of our volunteers in April as we join with our national community in acknowledging how "Volunteering Weaves Us Together!" Stay tuned for highlights on our website, social media and blogs.

Are you interested in joining our monthly prayer calendar? Receive requests, praise reports and updates from residents, staff and community members.

Send us an email if you're interested in joining this initiative today! Click the link or email Drew at dgusztak@sonshine.ca if you wish to be added to this monthly update.

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More Ways to Support Sonshine


Have your recycling picked up from your home and donate to Sonshine at the same time with SkipTheDepot.


Shop eco-friendly goods from Vancouver's TruEarth and 20% from your order will be donated directly to Sonshine.

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