Thank you for your support and donations in memory of Christine Archibald and #ChrissySentMe…
You can also mail contributions to our address, Attn: Financial Coordinator, 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 are always in need of in-kind donations.
Donations can be brought to our client entry door at 203 15 Ave SE. Call and ask for a team lead at 403-234-7388 Ext# 1, and they will assist you. On weekdays between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM, donations will also be accepted at our admin door in the 200 block of 17 Ave SE (buzzer located outside). Call 403-237-8341 for assistance.
Any items we are unable to use may be re-donated to other agencies.
Tax slip available for new goods donated with a receipt.
Top Ten Needs Wish List
- Footwear for men and women (runners, winter boots, steel toe boots)
- New underwear and socks (thermal or wool socks)
- Clothing: jeans, hoodies, T-shirts, long sleeve shirts, sweatpants, athletic pants & shorts, pajama pants, long flannel gowns
- Jackets (all seasons & sizes), toques & winter gloves
- Gently used or new towels
- Personal care items (lip balm, shampoo, soap, pads, tampons, & razors)
- Belts (variety of sizes) & baseball caps
- Sleeping bags
- Sweet grass & sage
Photo courtesy of Gordon MacPherson
WISH LIST NEEDS – ALPHA HOUSE PROGRAMS
SHELTER PROGRAM: Clothing suitable for men and women: t shirts, jeans, caps, underwear (new only), socks, and footwear (new or gently used).
Telephone Calling Cards
Reading glasses and magnifying glasses
Hygiene products (new), e.g. foot powder, tooth brushes , lip balm, shaving razors and shaving cream, deodorant, brushes and combs; shampoo and conditioner and new feminine hygiene products (please no ethanol-based products).
Winter gloves, work gloves, scarves, caps and toques
Back packs; cough drops; bus tickets; non-perishable food items
Please donate only recently laundered, gently used and thoroughly dried clothing.
DETOX PROGRAM: Arts and crafts items, e.g. drawing pens/pencils, drawing paper, beading and jewelry product, blank journal books
Clothing, e.g. slippers (new), running pants, t-shirts and pajamas for men and women (if used thoroughly washed and dried)
Full length flannel night dresses, shorts and t-shirts for men and women
Towels (new or, if used, thoroughly washed and dried) and hygiene products (unopened)
DOAP & ENCAMPMENT TEAMS: Socks, underwear (new only), scarves, toques, winter gloves and mitts
HOUSING PROGRAM: Food and other gift cards
Events tickets, movies passes, and passes for city gyms/pools
We are unable to do pick-ups or accept and store other goods such as appliances and household items. We encourage you to contact other agencies that are able to assist you with these goods.
We ask, if possible, that you please donate new clothing, towels and other goods related to the care of our clients. If you are donating used clothing, please ensure that it has been thoroughly washed and thoroughly dried at a high heat. Your thoughtfulness is appreciated.
Thank you for you generosity!
List update August 2017
Volunteering and Donating your Time
Volunteers are important to us and we want your time to be meaningful. Volunteer positions are available for individuals wanting to help in our food program or directly with clients. We have an ongoing need for those wanting to join our sandwich making group on Thursday afternoons and for those who want to serve Sunday lunch to detox and shelter clients. Likewise, if you have a skill that you’d like to share, feel free to contact us to explore your options. Other individual positions include help in administration and event volunteers for events such as our Casino and Annual Open House.
Small corporate, faith and friends of Alpha groups are also welcomed. Groups are welcomed to donate their time and financial resources to help with the assembly of needle kits, sandwich making, or general cleaning. Group sizes are usually between 4 and 12 people.
Volunteering at Alpha House: Fall/Winter 2017-2018
Thank you for expressing an interest in volunteering at Alpha House. Initially, a screening interview will be set up to determine if volunteering with Alpha House will be a fit for you. Here are some things to consider before booking an interview:
Alpha House embraces a harm reduction philosophy that, along with the stages of change model, promotes a non-judgmental attitude toward client care and meets the client at their level. This means that abstinence is one objective along a continuum of client determined objectives. To volunteer at Alpha House, you are expected to support our guiding philosophy as you honour your own story.
Given this we also ask that, if you are in a step program, to please dialogue with your sponsor as to the soundness of you volunteering with us at Alpha House and to ensure that you have the outside support that you need to be a volunteer with us.
Depending on your involvement with us, overall confidentiality must be maintained at all levels, and you may be asked for the following with a completed application:
At Minimum for food and other projects:
- Basic application
- Two references to be noted on your application
- Sign off on confidentiality agreement
Required for a Client Based Volunteer Position:
- Basic application
- Police and Child Welfare Surveillance Check
- Tuberculosis or a TB Baseline Test (Client focus volunteers only)
- Two Letters of recommendation from individuals not your family who have known you for over two years.
- Sign off on confidentiality agreement
As a new volunteer, upon interview you are given a tour and overview of our services and clarification on the positions available to you. Further orientation and training is conducted on-site and is dependent on the volunteer position offered or available. Client-based work requires the ability to work within a team setting and a commitment of several hours per week.
Volunteer commitment helps not only the client but also the agency. We see our volunteers as ambassadors and as representatives of Alpha House in the community and we want to respect your time with us. We seek to foster open communication and work towards building relationships that are helpful. Furthermore, no matter what position you are involved in, your availability and consistency matters. Presently, good places to start with us are in our Shelter Food Program: Thursday afternoon – Out to Lunch sandwich group from 13:00 to 15:00; Sunday Food Service from 11:00 – 13:30; and daily Soup Kitchen, Monday to Saturday from 12 noon to 13:00. These are great positions to start your engagement with us and to explore other options.
Groups from business and other agencies are also welcomed and can be accommodated based on scheduling and need.
For more information about volunteering and setting up an interview, and/or a tour, contact David Burke at firstname.lastname@example.org or cell 403-831-7829.