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Joe Ferraro says were it not for the support of the Italian community in Calgary when he, his parents and his brother immigrated to Canada in 1959, his family may have very well been homeless. Community, adds Ferraro, chairman and founder of Calbridge Homes, made it possible for his family to rise from poverty to prosperity.

That’s one of the main reasons Ferraro has donated $1.4 million to the Resolve housing campaign to not just build homes with supports for vulnerable Calgarians but to build a community of caring for those who have none.

On Thursday night, elected officials from all three levels of government along with representatives from the Calgary Homeless Foundation, HomeSpace Society, Resolve and Calbridge gathered at the Safari Lodge at the Calgary Zoo for a virtual groundbreaking of a 36-unit permanent supportive housing building in Forest Lawn.