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Community Resources

The resources listed below are for the Calgary area.  Please see the sidebar on the left for resources available in other Southern Alberta communities where BVC campuses are located.

Information

General information

Community resource information in many languages

211

City of Calgary

Information about City of Calgary operations

311

Directory

Information about telephone numbers

411

Emergency

Fire- Police-Ambulance Emergency

911

Calgary Police Services

Police non-emergency line

403-266-1234

The Distress Centre

OPEN 24 hours: Provides crisis counseling and support service.

403- 266-HELP (4357)

Inform Alberta

Online community, social, government, education and health information across Alberta

 

Immigrant Services Calgary

  • Can give referrals for other services in Calgary
  • Have counseling services in multi languages
  • Can help students fill out complicated forms with the help of interpreters
  • Can help learners to navigate the systems to apply for Alberta Works

403-265-1120

 

Calgary Legal Guidance

Provides legal information, advice, and advocacy to disadvantaged Calgarians who would not otherwise have access to legal services.

403-234-9266

 

Legal Aid Alberta

Provides a range of legal services to low-income Albertans in a number of areas of law including family, criminal, and civil.

1-866-845-3425

Food

Free Food in Calgary

Free to Calgarian adults, families or youth without the requirement to be (or become) a client or participant of a specific program or service.  

Calgary Interfaith Food Bank

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

403-253-2055

 

Society of St Vincent  de Paul

Provides Emergency Food Hampers

403-250-0319

Community Kitchen

Provides a 16-week program on food preparation and budgeting.

403-275-0258

 

Centre of Hope and Salvation Army

  • 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

403-410-1111
420-9th Avenue SE

For after hours:
Ph: 403-651-3076
(monitored 4:30 pm - 8:30am)

CUPS (Calgary Urban Project Society)

 

  • 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

 

Hope Street Outreach Centre

 

  • Hampers for Greater Forest Lawn area (depending on availability)

403-273-5433
Ext. 30

Good Food Box - Community Kitchen Program of Calgary

 

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

 

403-538-3780

 

Pregnant Women & Infants

Best Beginning

Support for pregnant women living on a low income
  • Free food, milk and vitamins
  • Free meals at weekly drop-in groups
  • Talk with nutritionists, nurses, and social workers
  • Connect to community resources
  • Meet other pregnant women at groups

403-228-8221

Healthy Babies Network

Support service to help professionals find nutrition related resources for clients
  • Must be agency referred
  • Prenatal and natal vitamins, food coupons and bus tickets available through network partners
  • Pregnant women and families with children up to 12 months old
  • Counseling with nutritionists and social workers

403-777-7635

 

NeighbourLink Calgary

Provides baby food, formula, diapers & supplies

403- 209-1930

Children's Milk Program - Calgary Food Bank

Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank Society
  • Provides home delivery of fresh milk and formula to children and pregnant and nursing moms
  • Referred by a health-based organization

403-253-2059

Prenatal Hampers - Calgary Food Bank

  • Prenatal hampers for women accessing a participating prenatal service provider by referral only
  • Prenatal hampers are separate from regular hampers

403-253-2059

Salvation Army Community Support Services

Program called Infant Essentials
  • Provides formula, diapers, wipes, and cereal

403-410-1129

Housing  & Emergency Shelters

Calgary Women's Emergency Shelters

Provides shelter for women and children in crisis

403-234-7233

 

Kerby Rotary Shelter

Provides shelter for seniors

403-705-3250

YWCA Mary Dover House

Provides shelter for women

403-263-1550

Calgary Housing Authority

Provides accommodation for low-income families.

403-221-9100

Landlord & Tenant  Information 

Provides info on setting disputes with Landlord

1-877-427-4088

Centre for Hope

Provides emergency shelter

403-410-1111

Inn from the Cold

 

 

Temporary overnight shelter for individuals and families (various locations)

  • Hot breakfast, dinner and bag lunch for individuals and families at Inn from the Cold
  • Registration 4:00 - 5:30 pm daily

403-263-8384
110-11th Avenue SE

 

Furniture and Housing Supplies

Women in Need

  • Free Goods Referral Program
  • Family Resource Centers
  • WINS Thrift Stores
  • Transportation

403-255-5102

MCC Thrift Store - Calgary

Second hand clothes, furniture etc at low prices

403-272-0282
2946 32 St. N.E.

Interfaith Furniture Store

Offers furniture and other household items at reasonable prices

403- 276-3173
635 35 Ave NE

NeighborLink Calgary

Baby furniture and other resources that are requested by the client are delivered directly to client homes - FREE of charge

403-209-1930

 

Services and Supports for Parents and Families

Calgary Community Services Guide 

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 for  elementary  aged children

403-235-3636
Ext. 31

Families Matter

Programs for parents

403-205-5178

 

Child Disability Resource Link

Provides parents of children with disabilities with funding to access a range of supports and services

1-877-644-9992

Calgary Immigrant Women's Association

Provides services and supports for immigrant women and their families such as:  Job links, Doctor referrals, family complications, legal aid.

403-263-4414

 

CUPS

Provides:

  • health clinics,
  • employment assistance
  • family resource centre
  • classes for parents

403-221-8780

 

Calgary Children's Link                

Access point of information for families of children with special needs in Calgary and Area.

403-230-9158

 

Centre for Newcomers

Provides resource to new immigrants to the community.

403-569-3325

 

Sunrise Community Link Resource Centre

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

403-204-8280

Transportation

Calgary  Transit

Provides  low Income Program for transit users 

403-262-1000

 

Access Calgary

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

403-537-7770

 

Family Recreation/Activities

Calgary Catholic Immigration Society

Orientation and access to recreational  to program for immigrants and refugees un their first three years  in Canada

  • Before & after school care
  • Summer day camps

403-262-2006

Vecova Recreation Centre (formerly the VRII)

Barrier-free recreation facility - offering recreation opportunities to Calgarians of all ages and abilities

403-284-2231

 

 

KidSport Society of Calgary

 

 

Registration fees and/or sports equipment available  for children and adolescents from low income families

403-202-0251

 

Low Income Computer  Access Program

Program to provide computers bundled with internet  to low income  housing projects

403-263-8080

Calgary Between Friends Club

Provides social and recreational opportunities for people of all ages who have disabilities. Activities include day camps, swimming, crafts, drama, and bowling.

403-269-9133

 

CanLearn Society (formerly the Calgary Learning Center)

Provides family literacy programs to encourage the development of literacy and learning

403- 686-9300

 

Counselling Services 

The Distress Centre

OPEN 24 hours

Provides counseling and support service.

403- 266-4357

 

Bow Valley College Counselors

Provide guidance and information on variety of school and personal subjects

403-410-1440

 

Calgary Association of Self Help

Provides Help with  mental illness & psychiatric  disorders

403-266-8711

 

Calgary Catholic  Family Services

Counseling, support and other programs for individuals and families

403-205-5294

 

Calgary Family Services

Counseling, support and other programs for individuals and families

403-269-9888

 

Calgary Counselling Centre

Counseling, support and other programs for individuals and families

403-691-5991