How You Can Help

Our services make up a continuum of care, which clients can enter at any point based on their needs. We operate shelter, detox, outreach, and housing programs.

Become A Donor

Your donation means that someone wont be sleeping outside on a cold, winter night, but can find shelter and safety inside

Your donation can mean the difference between malnourishment or a balanced hot meal

Your donation can mean the difference between someone being stranded somewhere in the city, or getting a ride from the DOAP Team

Your donation can mean life and death for someone needing to access mental and physical health supports

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.


How You Can Help

In a given year, our shelter assists over 3,500 individuals looking for a safe and caring environment where they can connect to additional social supports. The generosity of our donors, volunteers and, supporters allows us to meet clients where they are at and identify their individual needs. Consider supporting Alpha House in one of the following ways.

Gifts-in-Kind

We are always in need of in-kind donations for men and women utilizing our shelter, detox, outreach, and housing programs

Please note: We are only able to accept NEW or GENTLY used items.

Shelter Program Needs

  • Clothing (Men and Women) : jeans, hoodies, t-shirts, long-sleeves, pajamas, athletic pants, sweatpants
  • Footwear (Men and Women): runners, winter boots, steel toe boots.
  • Jackets (all seasons and all sizes), toques, winter gloves
  • Towels (gently used or new)
  • Personal Care Items: lip balm, shampoo, soap, pads, tampons, toothbrushes, deodorant
  • Water Bottles and sleeping bags
  • Bus tickets

Detox/Transitional Needs

  • Arts and crafts items: drawing pens/pencils, drawing paper, beading and jewelry products
  • Towels (gently used or new)

Outreach (DOAP, Encampment) Needs

  • Socks and underwear (new ONLY)

Housing Needs

  • Food and other gift cards
  • Event tickets (e.g. movie passes)

We are unable to do pick-ups or accept any 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, where possible, that you please donate new clothing or towels. 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!

Volunteer

Volunteers are important to us and we want any time you donate to Alpha House to be meaningful. Volunteer positions are available for individuals wanting to help in our food program or directly with clients through our detox program. 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 would like to share (teaching yoga, guitar, arts and crafts…etc.), 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.

For more information and to explore volunteering at Alpha House please fill out our Volunteer Form and send to Volunteer and Special Initiatives at david@alphahousecalgary.com

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