The Distress Centre: OPEN 24 hours: Provides crisis counseling and support service. 403- 266-HELP (4357)
1-800-SUICIDE (784-3433): OPEN 24 hours: Provides crisis counseling and support service.
Canada wide crisis text line: 24 / 7 support for anyone in crisis: https://www.crisistextline.ca/
2-1-1 http://www.ab.211.ca/ Providing information on: financial & social assistance, housing & utility help, food assistance & meal programs, seniors’ services & home care, parenting & family programs, government program assistance, disability support services, volunteer organizations, newcomer services & mental health support.
Resources for Food
Free to Calgarian adults, families or youth without the requirement to be (or become) a client or participant of a specific program or service.
Food hampers up to 6 times a year
Hampers can be picked up from one of the 6 depots around Calgary and the main warehouse
Provides a 16-week program on food preparation and budgeting.
Healthy Baby program - free diapers and formula - 3 times a year
Free community meal at 4:00 pm daily
Emergency food hampers for the homeless
After-hours emergency food hampers for individuals and families
420-9th Avenue SE
For after hours:
(monitored 4:30 pm - 8:30am)
Sandwiches and coffee during the week after 11 am
Family Resource Centre offers meals to families(everyday except Saturday)
403-221-8780 - 1001 10 Ave SW
Provides fresh fruits and vegetables at lower cost:
Large Box (40 - 45 lbs produce) $20.00
Family Box (30 - 35 lbs produce) $15.00
Senior/Single Box (20 - 25 lbs produce) $10.00
60 locations throughout Calgary
Services and Supports for Parents & Families
The Calgary Community Services Guide lists a variety of helpful services available to challenged and low income individuals facing struggles in Calgary.
Community After School Program - Grace Baptist Church
Provides free after school care forelementaryaged children
Child Disability Resource
Provides parents of children with disabilities with funding to access a range of supports and services
Access point of information for families of children with special needs in Calgary and Area.
DrugRehab Resources: To equip people and their families with the best information, resources and tools to overcome addiction and lead a lifelong recovery.
Supports Sunrise Community communities of Abbeydale, Albert Park/Radisson Heights, Applewood, Belfast, Chateau Estates, Dover, Erin Woods, Forest Heights, Forest Lawn, Franklin/Meridian Business Park, Hubalta, Marlborough, Marlborough Park, Mayland Heights/Vista Heights, Penbrooke Meadows, Red Carpet, and Southview):
Support and crisis intervention
Housing advocate and other housing resources
Employment search resources
Free use of the daily Calgary newspapers
Free fax, phone, photocopying
Community closet of emergency food, toiletries and other supplies
Provideslow Income Program for transit users
Door-to-door shared-ride service
For people unable to take a bus or CTrain
Must have an application completed by a doctor or other
professional followed by an interview for qualification
Cost is one bus ticket
Orientation and access to recreationalto program for immigrants and refugees un their first three yearsin Canada
Before & after school care
Summer day camps
Barrier-free recreation facility - offering recreation opportunities to Calgarians of all ages and abilities
Registration fees and/or sports equipment availablefor children and adolescents from low income families
Provides social and recreational opportunities for people of all ages who have disabilities. Activities include day camps, swimming, crafts, drama, and bowling.
Provides family literacy programs to encourage the development of literacy and learning