I had heard the same type of phone calls not that long ago.
It was when refugees from the Middle East started arriving and people were making them feel welcome, not only with friendship, but with accommodations and food and clothing and whatever else was needed.
The annoyed callers were asking, “Bob, how come we can help these newcomers, but Edmonton’s long time homeless are still living on the streets?”
Then the calls started coming again when those fleeing the fire in Fort McMurray were given beds and meals at Northlands.
The simple answer is that there is a lot being done for the city’s homeless.
The evacuees were a sudden, urgent need, and as someone put it, our response showed that Edmonton can walk and chew gum at the same time.
The Fort McMurray situation is something that is heralded daily, while, quietly in the background, people and organizations and our own heroes are helping Edmonton’s homeless, also daily.
If the questioning calls serve a purpose, it’s maybe to remind us that we don’t have to wait for Candy Cane Lane, to make a donation to the Food Bank.
Let me know what you think.