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. We have an ongoing need for those wanting to join our sandwich making group on Thursday afternoons and for those who want to serve lunch to detox and shelter clients every Sunday. We also have a daily soup kitchen that individuals with kitchen experience can support. On Thursday mornings we have a bagging group that may be a fit for you.

If you have a skill or gift that you would like to share from teaching yoga, guitar to arts and crafts feel free to contact us to explore options. Since these are for the benefit of our Detox clients we need to get to know you through food service first. Other individual positions include help in administration and event volunteers for such events as our Casino (May 2020), Fund Development Events and our 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, general cleaning or clothing drives and event hosting. Group sizes are usually between 4 and 12 people.

We also provide opportunities to support one of the housing projects we operate such as the Clayton in Bowness, our Women’s Project in Alberta Park, our Francis Manor in Capital Hill, and our Veterans Building the Madison in the Beltline.

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

For practicum placements send your requests to practicums@alphahousecalgary.com

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