Empathy, Support, Inclusion
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We are still in flood recovery: We are in need of financial donations. If you would like to make a financial donation PayPal is available through this web page www.alphahousecalgary.com or you can mail contributions to our address at 203 – 15 Ave S.E., Calgary, Alberta, T2G 1G4. Cheques can be made payable to Calgary Alpha House Society. Tax deduction receipts will be sent to you in response by mail.
We appreciate any support you can provide.
We are also in need of donations in kind which can be left at our now re-opened and renovated-from-the-flood shelter at 203- 15 Ave SE. Call and ask for a team lead and they will assist you at 403 234 7388. You can leave items with the team lead along with your name and address from Monday to Sunday.
Items We are in Most Need Include: With the start of winter response
New or freshly washed and laundered towels and blankets, new and freshly washed and laundered clothing suitable for men such as t shirts, jeans, caps, underwear, socks, and footwear; convenience items like telephone calling cards, bifocal glasses, back packs and bus tickets, and personal products like foot powder and feminine hygiene products, tooth brushes and tooth paste, lip balm or lip chap, shaving razors and shaving cream, deodorant, hair brushes and combs, shampoo and conditioner.
Tax deductible receipts are available for donations in kind with sales receipts and can be mailed to you.
Volunteering and Donating your Time:
Volunteers are important to us and we want your time to be meaningful. Volunteers for Housing remain an ongoing need and positions are available for individuals wanting to mentor a client and small groups of 2-3 wanting to help with evening suppers at a housing project. We have an ongoing need for those wanting to join our sandwich making group on Thursday afternoon and those who want to serve Sunday lunch to shelter clients. We post updates and new positions available on our web site www.alphahousecalgary.com and with Volunteer Calgary www.volunteercalgary.ab.ca as we move forward. To be placed on our volunteer events and needs/wait email list for Christmas contact David at firstname.lastname@example.org .Thank you to all our volunteers.
Administration and Housing Caseworkers are working from the generously offered offices at CUPS. Administration can be reached by cell at 403 404 3383. Once we finish renovations-from-the-flood we will be returning to the main building. We have many to thank including CUPS, the City of Calgary, Alberta Human Services and many from the Addictions and Mental Health sector.We thank those who have donated directly and indirectly to our recovery and well-being.
Without change there would be no butterflies updated:Sept 29, 2013
Our mission is to provide a safe and caring environment for individuals whose lives are affected by alcohol and other drug dependencies. We seek to provide hope and service through the promotion of well-being through our programs:
Alpha House Services:
Services at Alpha House are consistently delivered from a social model that respects the clients’ right to self determination as they address the impact of alcoholism and addiction in their lives. We strive to develop relationships of trust with our clients working on client identified issues from withdrawal management to mental health concerns, from treatment to housing needs. We seek to provide hope through direct service and the promotion of well-being.
Through our partnerships with other agencies we seek to reduce duplication of services and to remove barriers for our clients.
As a non profit charitable agency we remain indebted to our funders and to the governance of our Board.
Alpha House Programs:
Outreach at Alpha House is provided through our Downtown Outreach Addictions Partnership Team or the Alpha DOAP Services team. This team has evolved into a 22 hour outreach program Monday to Friday (21:00 to 7:00 Saturday and Sunday) that links the client with a broad range of community services across the city. On average the Alpha DOAP team conducts 1650 transports a month. The Alpha DOAP Encampment Team is responsible for assisting rough sleepers and other Alpha House clients to find housing.
Volunteer services at Alpha House although small have provided countless hours important to our programs. In 2011-2012 our volunteers worked in our Detox, Shelter, and N’Th Shelter Food Program and were recruited for our Alpha Housing Program. Volunteers have built our web site pages, assisted in our self-help groups and have given us insight on our committees. We are very appreciative of them.
The Shelter at Alpha House is a 24 hour, 7 day a week program. Clients are welcomed at any time of the day or night. In addition to self referrals we receive daily referrals from other addiction services, police and emergency medical services, hospitals and other agencies. In 2011 – 2012 we successfully managed and staffed a winter response that sheltered up to 165 clients nightly. We truly provide a safe and caring program in our shelter.
Our Detox Program at Alpha House has room for 30 clients to safely withdraw from alcohol and other drugs and transition to treatment. Our housing program has an additional 12 transitional beds in our Detox to safely place clients in need into permanent housing. In Detox we provide acupuncture for withdrawal, on site nursing as needed, weekly Sweat Lodges and an evolving Arts and Crafts program among our services.
The Alpha Housing Program since its inception has housed over 300 clients. In 2011- 2012 we opened a housing project for 15 Veterans. Also in 2012 our Alpha House Housing program received full program accreditation. Together with Our Alpha Encampment Team that works outreach directly with rough sleepers and works closely with potential landlords, the Alpha House Housing program has shown that the Calgary Homeless Foundation 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness is certainly a viable and attainable goal.
As we meet the client in the change process we use three primary tools: a Harm Reduction philosophy, a Stages of Change model and Self Help recovery. (See our Resource and Links page.)
Our unofficial theme is “If nothing ever changed, there would be no butterflies" with the Butterfly as our metaphorical symbol. As the quote above suggests change is inevitable. We strive to respect each person and their own ongoing change process which is true for them.