Inspiring through his work with the homeless
Published Wednesday, July 25, 2012 1:51PM MDT
Last Updated Wednesday, July 25, 2012 2:41PM MDT
Dave Smith, volunteer coordinator for Inn from the Cold, is this week’s inspiring Albertan.
We often think of homelessness as a winter problem, but it's a year round issue in Calgary.
When Inn from the Cold started up in Calgary in 1997, Knox United was one of the first churches to get on board.
Dave Smith started as a volunteer bus driver in 1998. His role grew quickly and soon he was coordinating the program for Knox United.
“You get to know the people and you get to see what you're doing and I think for me, it seemed that for a little bit of effort it makes quite a bit of different,” said Smith.
Connie Redcalf encountered Smith shortly after she and her daughter arrived in Calgary this summer. She knows the difference Smith makes. “He was friendly, helping and funny. Helped us, took us to the room, and helped us with our luggage and felt welcome.”
Inn from the Cold’s Bonnie Elgie says Smith is also an inspiration to staff. “Dave has been a dedicated volunteer for 14 years and in that time he has cared for our guests, he has played with their kids he's inspired volunteers who've worked side by side with him and he's inspired our staff by his commitment to just serving those who need it.”
For Dave Smith, it's all about making life better for homeless families and the way it unites those who volunteer.
“So the support we get is really inspiring and the people that they meet and you get involved with is just incredible,” said Smith
For the role he plays in giving homeless families shelter and food, Dave Smith is our inspiring Albertan this week.
For more information visit the Inn from the Cold website.