Sign of Hope! 25 Years * 25 Stories

CSS_Cover_FINAL_Frontby Jeananne Kathol Kirwin
with stories by Marc Barylo, Laura Kugler, and Sandra Konrad

My favourite charity, Sign of Hope, celebrated its 25th successive and successful Campaign in fall 2008. Dr. Chris Leung, CEO of Catholic Charities, invited me to write a book about the Campaign to mark this milestone in the Sign of Hope journey. Having served for several years on the Catholic Charities Board, and helped fundraise for the Campaign for umpteen years, I felt qualified to take on this challenge.

What I discovered, though, is that I had a lot to learn. I’d become conversant with the breadth of Catholic Social Services, but I had yet to experience its depth. It was the emotional and spiritual depth of the agency, and the profound courage, cheerful strength and sheer hope of all those who work and learn through its social service programs, that impressed me most. I witnessed first hand how these programs – and the Sign of Hope dollars that fund them – touch lives.

Sign of Hope 25 Years 25 Stories was launched at Hotel Macdonald in Edmonton, Alberta, on August 21, 2008. Hundreds of copies of the book have since been distributed.

To receive your own complimentary copy of this book, please call the Sign of Hope Office at 780-432-1137 or write to
Catholic Charities, 8815 – 99 Street, Edmonton, Alberta, T6E 3V3.

For more information,  visit the Catholic Social Services website.