Chevi Rabbit stands in front of the underwear bin at The Mustard Seed and stops. The shelves are empty. You can see she is troubled by the fact many go without clean underwear. “It’s unbelievable, it’s so sad.” She hopes to make a difference with her upcoming fundraiser.

For six years, Chevi Rabbit has organized the Hate to Hope campaign. Hundreds of people have gathered at the Alberta Legislature, all rallying for change. On August 19, 2017, she’s also raising money for The Mustard Seed’s Mosaic Centre, for the homeless and those experiencing poverty. It’s a cause dear to her heart.

“They are vulnerable but they are valuable.”

How it all began

Hate to Hope began in 2012, two weeks after Chevi was assaulted. She was attacked after a group of men yelled homophobic slurs. Chevi was traumatized after the incident, which happened in broad daylight, in a high traffic area on Edmonton’s south side. “I was angry. I wanted to raise awareness.”

Chevi helps others

Chevi hopes to transform Hate to Hope into a non-profit organization. “If you have been victimized, if you have been hurt for your race, your weight, or for being different. It’s basically about all discrimination. There are so many people suffering in silence. They are too ashamed and there is no platform.” As a transgender female, she wants to spread a positive message of love and helping others.

“I think if you are different, if you are unique, you should be allowed to have dignity. There is nothing wrong with being a little different.”

Chevi is urging people to bring new underwear, work boots, and or money for the less fortunate to the rally in August. CEO, Stephen Wile is grateful for the fundraiser. “The Mustard Seed’s values and mission align with Hate to Hope. We are against hate, and hope is at the core of who we are. The Mustard Seed treats all with respect to build hope and well-being for our most vulnerable citizens through Jesus’ love.”

To give hope to those facing poverty and homelessness in Edmonton, text HOPE to 30333. The Hate to Hope walk-rally is Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Alberta Legislature Building.