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Find support services in your community to help with everything from housing and food to health care and legal aid


Calgary Community Resources

Resource Information Contact
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, and ambulance emergency 911
Calgary Police Services Police non-emergency line 403-266-1234
The Distress Centre Open 24 hours, and provides crisis counselling and support services 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
  • Offers counselling services in multiple languages
  • Can help learners fill out complicated forms with the help of interpreters
  • Can help learners navigate the systems to apply for Alberta Works
403-265-1120
Calgary Legal Guidance Provides legal information, advice, and advocacy to Calgarians who don't 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, including family, criminal, and civil law 1-866-845-3425

Food

Food Banks and Hampers This program is free to Calgarian adults, families, or youth. You don't need to be (or become) a client or participant of a specific program or service.
Meals for Individuals in Need This program is free to Calgarian adults, families, or youth. You don't need to be (or become) a client or participant of a specific program or service.
Calgary Interfaith Food Bank Receive food hampers up to six times a year. Hampers can be picked up from one of the six depots around Calgary and the main warehouse. 403-253-2055
Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Provides emergency food hampers 403-250-0319
Community Kitchen Offers a 16-week program on food preparation and budgeting 403-275-0258
Centre of Hope and Salvation Army
  • Free community meal at 4:00 p.m. daily
  • Emergency food hampers for the homeless
  • After-hours emergency food hampers for individuals and families

403-410-1111
420 - 9 Avenue SE

After hours:
403-651-3076
(monitored form 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m.)

CUPS (Calgary Urban Project Society)
  • Provides sandwiches and coffee during the week after 11:00 a.m.
  • Family Resource Centre offers meals to families (every day except Saturday)

403-221-8780

1001 - 10 Avenue 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 pounds of produce): $20
  • Family box (30-35 pounds of produce): $15
  • Senior/single box (20-25 pounds of produce): $10
  • 60 locations throughout Calgary
403-538-3780
The Alex Community Food Centre Brings people together to grow, cook, share, and promote good food for all. Register for a cooking class or drop in for a community meal. You can also visit the affordable produce market.

Pregnant women and infants

Resource Information Contact
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
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 and emergency shelters

Resource Information Contact
Calgary Women's Emergency Shelter 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 housing for low-income families 403-221-9100
Landlord, Tenant Information Provides information about settling disputes with landlords 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 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily
403-263-8384
110-11 Avenue SE
Sheriff King Home Provides shelter for women and children fleeing domestic violence 403-266-0707
Awo-Taan Healing Lodge Provides shelter for women fleeing domestic violence and all forms of abuse 403-531-1972

Furniture and housing supplies

Resource Information Contact
Women in Need
  • Free goods referral program
  • Family resource centres
  • WINS thrift stores
  • Transportation
403-255-5102
MCC Thrift Store, Calgary Secondhand clothes, furniture, and more at low prices 403-272-0282
2946 - 32 Street NE
Interfaith Furniture Store Offers furniture and other household items at reasonable prices 403- 276-3173
635 - 35 Avenue NE

Services and Supports for Parents and Families

Calgary Community Services Guide

The Calgary Community Services Guide lists helpful services for people who are low income or challenged

Families Matter Programs for parents 403-205-5178
Child Disability Resource Link Provides parents of children with disabilities with funding for a range of support and services 1-877-644-9992
Calgary Immigrant Women's Association This program provides services and support for immigrant women and their families. These include job links, doctor referrals, family complication help, and legal aid. 403-263-4414
CUPS Provides:
  • Health clinics
  • Employment assistance
  • A 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 the surrounding area 403-230-9158
Centre for Newcomers Provides resources to new immigrants to the community 403-569-3325
Community Resource Centre (CRC)

A Community Resource Centre provides you with resources, referrals, information, and support. Get help with basic needs, including: 

  • food
  • clothing
  • housing
  • employment
  • transportation
The Alex Community Health Centre Provides health, housing, and food programs 403-520-2260

Transportation

Resource Information Contact
Calgary Transit Offers a low-income program for transit users 403-262-1000
Access Calgary This is a door-to-door shared-ride service for people who can't take a bus or the CTrain. To participate, consider the following:
  • You need an application completed by a doctor or other professional.
  • The application is followed by an interview.
  • The cost is one bus ticket.
403-537-7770

Family recreation and activities

Resource Information Contact
Calgary Catholic Immigration Society This program provides orientation and access to recreational programs for immigrants and refugees during their first three years in Canada. It includes:
  • before and after school care
  • summer day camps
403-262-2006
Vecova Recreation Centre (formerly the VRII) Barrier-free facility offering recreation to Calgarians of all ages and abilities 403-284-2231
KidSport Society of Calgary Registration fees and/or sports equipment for children and adolescents from low-income families 403-202-0251
Low Income Computer Access Program Program that provides computers bundled with Internet to low-income housing projects 403-263-8080
Calgary Between Friends Club This program 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
Centre for Newcomers Provides resources to new immigrants to the community 403-569-3325

Counselling Services

Resource Information Contact
The Distress Centre Open 24 hours, and provides counselling and support service 403- 266-4357
Bow Valley College Counselors Provides guidance and information on a variety of school and personal subjects 403-410-1440
Calgary Association of Self Help Provides help with mental illness and psychiatric disorders 403-266-8711
Calgary Catholic Family Services Counselling, support, and other programs for individuals and families 403-205-5294
Calgary Family Services Counselling, support, and other programs for individuals and families 403-269-9888
Calgary Counselling Centre Counselling, support, and other programs for individuals and families 403-691-5991

For Banff community resources, click here

For Chestermere community resources, click here

Strathmore Community Resources

Emergency services
Resource Contact 
Ambulance 911/403-934-3639
Fire Department 911/403-934-2911
Strathmore District Emergency Health Services 403-361-7000
Strathmore RCMP Victim Services 403-934-6552 or 403-934-3968
Housing and shelters
Resource Contact 
Wheatland Communities Crisis Society 403-934-6634
Wheatland Housing Management Board 403-934-3474
Counselling
Family support services
Resource Contact
Accredited Supports to the Community 1-866-556-4122
Al-Anon Tuesdays: 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Strathmore Anglican Church
Aspen Family Services 403-905-1327
Circle of Supports
Community Coats Program 403-934-5335
Growing Opportunities 403-361-7216
Healthy Families at ASC 1-866-556-4122
Home Support Services 403-934-5335
Parent Link Centre/Kidz 1st Network 403-983-0016
RespectED Violence and Abuse Prevention Program 403-541-6100
Strathmore Health Unit 403-361-7200
Strathmore Youth Centre 403-934-1710
Strathmore Meals on Wheels 403-934-5335
Wheatland County Food Bank 403-934-5335
Woods Homes 403-938-8391
Foothills Aim Society 403-934-4888
Wheatland Family and Community Support Services 403-934-5335
Financial, employment, or legal help
Resource Contact
Alberta Employment and Immigration 403-823-1616
Legal Aid Society 403-297-2260
Wild Rose Community Futures 403-934-6488
Children's services and child welfare
Resource Contact 
Child and Family Services 403-934-1706
Recreation / Information
Resource Contact
Town of Strathmore 403-934-3133
Strathmore Municipal Library 403-934-5440
Education

Contact us

Learner Success Services

345 - 6 Avenue SE
South Campus, First Floor
403-410-1440
learnersuccess@bowvalleycollege.ca

Hours

Monday to Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
 

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