Thank you for your support and donations in memory of Christine Archibald. #ChrissySentMe

You can also mail contributions to our address attn. of 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.

In-Kind Donations

We are always in need of donations in-kind

Donations can be left at our client entry door at 203-15 Ave S.E. Call and ask for a team lead at 403 234 7388 ext 1 and they will assist you. During week days between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm donations can also be accepted at our admin door in the 200 block of 17 Ave SE (buzzer located outside). Call 403 237 8341 for assistance.

Tax donation available for new goods donated with a receipt

Contact Us To Make An In-kind Donation And For More Information by E-mail


FOR PROGRAM: Shelter: 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) like 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; nonperishable food

Please donate only recently laundered, gently used and thoroughly dried clothing.

FOR PROGRAM: Detox: Arts and crafts items like drawing pens/pencils, drawing paper, beading and jewelry product, blank journal books
Goods like 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)

FOR PROGRAM: DOAP Team/Encampment: Socks, underwear (new only), scarves, toques, winter gloves and mitts.

Food and other gift cards
Event tickets, passes to movies and city gyms/pools.

We are unable to do pick-ups and to accept and store other goods like appliances and household items. We encourage you to contact other agencies that are able to assist you with these goods.

We ask that when possible only new clothing, towels and other goods related to the care of our clients be donated. Used clothing if donated needs to be 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. Volunteers positions are available for  individuals wanting to help in our food program and more directly with clients.  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 detox and shelter clients. Likewise if you have a skill you want to share feel free to contact us to explore 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 if available to helping with needle kits making and sandwich making and general cleaning. Usually groups  run between 4-12 people

Volunteer Today

Volunteering at Alpha House: Fall/Winter 2017-2018

Thank you for expressing an interest in volunteering at Alpha House. Initially a screening interview is set up to determine with you if volunteering with Alpha House will be a fit. 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 takes the client where they are at. 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 ensure that you have the outside support you may need to be a volunteer with us.

Depending on your involvement with us you may be asked for the following with a completed application: Overall confidentiality must be maintained.

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 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 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 ways 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 about volunteering and setting up an interview and or tour contact David Burke at or cell 403 831 7829