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11035 - 92 Street     Tel.: (403) 422-7263
Edmonton, Alberta     Fax: (403) 428-1966
T5H 1W5

Several activities are offered at the Multicultural Day Care Centre, including the Head Start Program. This program prepares children of immigrant families for the first year of school. In addition to the parenting workshops organized for parents, parents can benefit from a support group within the program.

10527 - 96 Street     Tel.: (403) 423-2285
Edmonton, Alberta     Fax.: (403) 429-7908
T5H 2H6

Located in downtown Edmonton, the Bissell Centre responds to the problems of the local community where unemployment, poverty, strained family relations, isolation, lack of training and poor housing conditions constitute major obstacles to a better quality of life. Activities at the centre revolve around day-time drop-in centres (for youth, adults and women only), drop-in day care, a second-hand store and an outdoor camp.
Bissell Centre offers services such as free courses and activities on surviving on a low income, parenting, building self-esteem, learning new skills, and recreational activities.

9675 - 102 Avenue     Tel.: (403) 424-4106
Edmonton, Alberta     Fax: (403) 425-2205
T5H 0G3

Boyle Street Community Services Co-op is a community centre providing many activities and programs to downtown Edmonton residents. Through its activities, the organization promotes community development in the downtown area, and helps individuals and families meet their needs and fulfil their potential, while at the same time focusing on respect and dignity.

Life at the Centre revolves around a number of programs that can be classified into four areas:

* Outreach and Day Centre for young people, adults (focusing onmental health issues and AIDS prevention);
* Education (alternative education program for young people under 18 years old);
* Community Centre Resources (housing and job listings, resource centre, native spiritual room, family support program);
* Community Development (community economic development, support for community demands).

Respect for others, regardless of their stage of development, is the major principle on which the Co-op operates. The Boyle Street Community Services Co-op is a place where families and individuals can build a support network to help themselves when difficult situations arise. In this sense, the organization lends a rather wide definition to the concept of the family, based primarily on the Aboriginal tradition of extended families, but also because the organization itself plays an important supporting role, comparable to that of a "family".

The recognition of the socio-cultural roots of First Nations people (75 percent of participants) is very important in this organization. The opening of the native spiritual room (after consultation with Elders in the community), the organization of a native festival, and the recruitment of native personnel reflect the will to respect people's cultural and social practices.

The organization clearly bases its activities on local involvement, as demonstrated by the desire to work with the community to create a feeling of belonging and a better living environment. The Boyle Street Community Services Co-op also constantly works with families and Child Protection Agencies to prevent child placements when possible.

c/o R.B. Bennett School     Tel.: (403) 288-8111
6305, 33rd Ave N.W.     Fax: (403) 247-6869
Calgary, Alberta
T3B 1K8

The Calgary Family Connections Society is an organization dedicated to the process of self-help and mutual support of low-income families. The mission of Family Connections is to enable families to become life-long learners and increasingly self-sufficient. It provides a place where families share, relate and create opportunities for growth. Services offered by Family Connections include a toy lending library, a parents resource library, a drop-in centre as well as a clothes exchange program.

Box 6084     Tel.: (403) 531-1970
Calgary, Alberta     Fax: (403) 531-1977
T2H 2L3

The Calgary Native Women's Shelter Society is geared toward low-income families. It offers a shelter for women and their children who left an abusive relationship. In addition to the shelter, Native Women's Shelter Society offers an outreach program, a headstart program for children aged 3 to 6 years, as well as a parent/child play program. Native Women's Shelter also provides family outreach, Native parenting, life skills, health promotion and referrals to other agencies.

Abbotsfield Mall, Room 248, 2nd Floor     Tel.: (403) 474-5011
3210 - 118 Avenue     Fax: (403) 474-5041
Edmonton, Alberta
T5W 2Y4

Candora is a community organization located in a shopping centre in north east Edmonton. The majority of people participating in Candora are women from single-parent families, of whom 75 to 80 percent are living below the poverty line.

In keeping with its motto "People helping people make a difference", Candora is organized in a non-hierarchical and collective fashion. The primary responsibility of Candora's Board of Directors, made up of community volunteers, is to manage and adapt the organization to meet the needs of the participants, as expressed during community activities. The organization is comprised of native, non-native and Latin-American women working together to improve living conditions in their neighbourhood, with the help of two permanent staff members, who share one full-time position.

The range of interests and activities of Candora's women is well illustrated by their community garden, their collective kitchen, the native art and crafts workshops, their writing workshop on the life experiences of Candora participants, and their involvement in many Edmonton coalitions. The organization also hosts a group for elderly women, a support group for Spanish-speaking women, and publishing a community newsletter. Candora provides all members with a participatory education program entitled Life Choices. Free day care is available for all women while attending Candora activities.

Candora is notable for its Community Advocacy Project, and its approach to its Employment Preparation Project.

The Community Advocacy Project provides part-time employment to 14 women who are paid for five hours' work per week as community workers. This approach of involving women in the improvement of their living conditions strongly challenges the idea that outside "specialists" must be brought in to respond to local issues. This project also provides valuable work experience for many women, since it enables them to develop self-confidence, make new friends, build a community network, and bring about change in theirenvironment.

The Employment Preparation Project provides progressive training for employment. Participants in the program start by working five hours a week and finish six months later with a 20-hour work week. Life Choices is a preliminary, but integral part, of the program. The "Employment Preparation" component concentrates on job placement, support, planning and job hunting. This gradual entry into the work place takes into account the restrictions faced by mothers who have to look after children, especially during the often difficult transition from work at home to work outside the home.


120-4818 Gaetz Ave     Tel.: (403) 347-2480
Red Deer, Alberta
T4N 4A3

The mandate of the Women's Outreach Society is to assist disadvantaged women and their families and to empower them toward independence. Women's Outreach Society offers activities that help develop skills and independence.

Women's Outreach provides assessment, counselling and referral services to women and their families. This centre also offers services that are designed to develop skills and knowledge in the areas of finance, housing, nutrition, and health. Women become more resourceful in meeting their basic life needs and increasing their individual potentials. Women's Outreach offers support groups, a drop in centre, public education and advocacy.

Women's Outreach also offers employment and education opportunities, crisis support, informal activities, workshops, a women's healing circle, a collective kitchen where women can prepare and bring home four meals at a cost of two dollars for every member of the family, craft mornings and free use of a phone, a furniture program and a clothing room. Women's Outreach also provides an environment conducive to creating support systems among women.

200 - 909 5th Ave S.W.     Tel.: (403) 263-0701
Calgary, Alberta     Fax: (403) 263-0705
T2P 3G5

The Centre For Income Security and Employment Association provides employment preparation services (career counselling and job search), advocacy (appeals and advice regarding social assistance, pensions, Unemployment Insurance, etc.) and orientation workshops on community services (food, clothing, housing, drug abuse, mental health). The Centre For Income Security and Employment Association has also developed a volunteer and advocacy program. Its Board ofDirectors is partially composed of volunteers.

11035 - 92 Street     Tel.: (403) 422-7263
Edmonton, Alberta
T5H 1W5

Headstart is a pre-school program for economically disadvantaged children aged 3 and 4. This program provides opportunities for children and parents to share valuable experiences that are vital for early childhood development. Parental involvement is the key to the long-term success of Head Start Programs. Parents sit on advisory committees and the board of directors. They participate in support groups, assist in teaching the children in the classroom, and receive home visits from Head Start staff and volunteers.
The Head Start Program originated in 1965 in the United States to prepare disadvantaged pre-school children to function successfully in school. Head Start is a preventive program consisting of early childhood education, nutrition, health, parental involvement, social services and community outreach.

In Edmonton, there are other Head Start program at the ABC Head Start, the Oliver Centre for Children, and at St. Bernadette School.

C.A.P. Head Start
, offers outreach services including the following:

* Home visits to develop a relationship with the parents and children;

* Home visits with the teacher each week to reinforce the learning process at home and help establish consistency and continuity between the class and the home;

* A collective kitchen each week to help share information on nutrition and link parents together to form a support network;

* Parent workshops are conducted each month to share information and special skills.

500 Village on the Park     Tel.: (403) 477-5655
Edmonton, Alberta     Fax: (403) 477-5659
T5W 4R7

The Community Action for Children is a project of the Candora Society of Edmonton. This project is for children aged 3 to 6 and their families in the Rundle and Abbottsfield communities. The purpose of this project is to provide activities and snacks for children aged 3 to 6, a drop-in place for parents, and space andopportunities for people to get together. Community involvement, feedback and initiatives are central to the project. The program runs in four housing complexes: 500 Village on the Park, Rundle Site, Abbottsfield Recreation Centre and the Echo Valley Site. The activities for children are educational, recreational, and culturally appropriate. The Community Action for Children also offers a moms morning out.

128-7th Ave S.E.     Tel.: (403) 221-8780
Calgary, Alberta     Fax: (403) 221-8791
T2P 0W5

CUPS offers many services free of charge. The walk-in health clinic is staffed with doctors and nurses. A free pain-relief dental clinic and a chiropractic clinic are available once a week. Referral workers are available and put families in contact with food, clothing, shelter and other services that may meet their needs. Crisis counselling is offered for individuals facing other serious issues requiring immediate help. In addition to these services, CUPS has free showers, emergency clothing, a teen lunch program, a needle exchange program and the spare change newspaper self-employment program. There is also a family resource centre that has parenting classes, a collective kitchen, support groups, a literacy program, a toy lending library, as well as prenatal and post-natal care programs.

9213 - 146 Avenue     Tel.: (403) 478-5022
Edmonton, Alberta     Fax: (403) 473-8979
T5E 2J9

Dickinsfield Amity House is a multi-service community centre managed by its users. It provides a collective kitchen, drop-in day care, a before and after school care program, a post-partum support group, computer courses and English as a Second Language. Dickinsfield Amity House also offers information and referral services for residents of the area.

County of Leduc Family     Tel.: (403) 955-3555
and Community Support Services     Fax: (403) 955-3444
Suite 101, 1101 5th Street
Niskew, Alberta
T9E 2X3

Located in the rural county of Leduc, Alberta, the Family Support Services Programme is part of the County of Leduc Family and Community Support Services. Funded by the county municipalities and the province of Alberta, the organization provides services to low-income, isolated families. This program is particularlysensitive to the specific needs of families and women living in rural communities. Home visits help break the isolation felt by women and families, which is often magnified by poverty and the distance to supporting organizations.

600A Hermitage Rd     Tel.: (403) 496-5860
Edmonton, Alberta
T5A 4N2

The Homesteader Collective Kitchen started with the funding of the Homesteader Community League. This collective kitchen focuses on bringing together people living on low incomes for menu planning, nutrition and budget planning, and to learn shopping skills. At the collective kitchen, the participants cook five low-cost nutritious meal once a month for the cost of $2 per family member. This group also provides a support system for those living in isolation and don't often go out.

6717 - 132 Avenue     Tel.: (403) 478-5396
Edmonton, Alberta     Fax: (403) 478-1979
T5C 2A4

The goal of the Kara Family Support Centre is to promote positive relations between parents and young pre-school aged children by providing information and activities revolving around parenting skills, child development and socialization, nutrition and budget management. The Kara Family Support Centre also offers a support group for women (free day care is provided for participants), a collective kitchen, a food bank, and native crafts. The Kara Family Support Centre also provides parenting courses, such as How to talk to kids so they will listen, and the SARA group (Sexual Assault Recovery Group).

10437 - 123 Street     Tel.: (403) 452-6100
Edmonton, Alberta     Fax: (403) 452-8944
T5N 1N8

The Metis Child and Family Services Society aims primarily at reducing the number of Metis children in foster care. To this end, the MCFS has developed programs centred on the community, thereby reinforcing traditional forms of sharing and cooperation, and family responsibility within Metis communities.
MCFS receives its mandate from the recognized political authority of the Metis Nation of Alberta, and any changes within the MCFS are made in consultation with the community through forums and annual assemblies.

1733 Millwoods Road     Tel.: (403) 462-7530
Edmonton, Alberta
T6K 3L9

Located in a low-income housing complex, Mills Woods P.A.T.C.H. Place is a drop-in centre providing parenting and consumer education programs and support groups. Patch Place also provides a creative and stimulating environment that encourages positive parent/child interaction. Furthermore, Patch Place provides an environment that facilitates the self-help process. It also provides child care programming for those using the centre, after-school and out-of-school programs.

5714 - 136 Avenue     Tel.: (403) 478-3747
Edmonton, Alberta     Fax: (403) 473-2442
T5A 2H5

The mandate of the Neighbourhood Activity Association Belvedere is to help families on and below the poverty line to overcome poverty. This organization runs various programs at low cost to keep children and adolescents off the streets. NAAB also provides a parents night out program. Furthermore, it runs a drop-in centre were clothing and food are available. NAAB also publishes a newsletter.

9516 - 114 Avenue     Tel.: (403) 471-3737
Edmonton, Alberta,     Fax: (403) 477-1632
T5G 0K7

The Norwood Community Service Centre is located in a poor neighbourhood of downtown Edmonton. Set up 30 years ago as a pilot project, it offers many programs that are open to all residents of the neighbourhood, but it especially targets low-income families.

Activities at Norwood Community Services Centre are mostly geared to child care and the involvement of mothers in group activities. Some of the main activities are:
* child care programs (relief child care, drop-in day care);
* community services (library for parents, clothing exchange, availability of a sewing machine and typewriter, home visits, advocacy);
* workshops on various subjects (crafts, parenting skills workshops, collective kitchen, support group for women victims of violence).

The Centre is totally accessible to all the people of the neighbourhood. Children and their parents are accepted as they are, and there are no conditions whatsoever to participation in theCentre's activities (no income check, no obligatory activities, etc.). No judgment is passed on the habits and lifestyles of the families participating in the Centre's activities.

The work conducted by the Norwood Community Service Centre is not strictly confined to its programmed activities, particularly when someone is in need of immediate help. There is no hesitation to modify schedules and tasks in order to assist those with particular or pressing needs. Home visits, conducted by the Centre's staff, are further proof of their flexible approach to providing assistance.

The Norwood Community Service Centre takes a holistic approach in its dealings with families. Its workshops (a collective kitchen, crafts, and women's groups) are a good illustration of this: it is during such social activities that participants build ties of friendship and support.

User participation also plays an important role in the running of the Centre: users make up at least 60 percent of the Board of Directors.

710 - 10240 - 124 Street     Tel.: (403) 482-6567
Edmonton, Alberta     Fax: (403) 482-5941
T5N 3W6

Options for Women works with women seeking to return to the labour force, or to further their education. There is a job hunting club, and career and personal skills improvement counselling for financially disadvantaged women. The use of feminist practice and analysis model at Options for Women favours the promotion of personal, social and political changes for women, while building their self-confidence, and developing means for attaining solidarity.

6250 - 180 Street     Tel.: (403) 483-2036
Edmonton, Alberta
T5T 2T2

The Ormsby Place Neighbourhood Association has been in operation since 1991. This tenants' centre operates out of a small building, which was originally a tool shed used to store grounds maintenance equipment. The Ormsby Place provides services and programs such as Tough Love, Nobody's Perfect, a collective kitchen, community gardening, Junior Forest Wardens (an environmentally concerned youth group), a clothing bank, a book exchange, a bread program, health for two (nutrition during pregnancy) and crafts for children. The community workers at this centre provide advocacy on issues such as child welfare interviews or investigations, social assistance, and referrals to services provided by other agencies.

Box 42051     Tel.: (403) 461-5677
Edmonton, Alberta     Fax: (403) 468-6665
T6K 4C4

Rainbow Harbour Women's Association, organized by women of the community, offers self-help and support groups for low-income women and single parents. At Rainbow Harbour, low-income women have a say in the decision making since the board of directors mainly consists of low-income women. Rainbow Harbour provides access to community resources, operates a clothing exchange, a community garden and a resource/lending library of Canadian Women authors. Rainbow Harbour also offers a meeting space where women have access to workshops on parenting, self-esteem, A.A and Al Anon. Moreover, Rainbow Harbour offers computer awareness training where women can learn computer skills.

1032 - 5 Ave. S.W.     Tel.: (403) 237-8477
Calgary, Alberta
T2P 0P1

The Servants Anonymous Society is a non-profit organization established to assist young women (16 and older) who are living on the street. All of its programs are guided by a community-based approach. SAS receives young women who have already decided to quit the street, whether they ran away from home, or earn a living from prostitution. Many of them are young mothers.

SAS delivers many programs, most of them linked to housing and addiction issues.
* The Oasis Centre is a drop-in centre and shelter for women living on the street.
* The Fireworks Way of Life is a life skills support program for women who have completed, or are completing, an addiction treatment program. Women first enter the Oasis Centre and then go on to live in a semi-independent residential unit, or live on their own.
* SAS Semi-Independent Living Residences (8 units) provide an apartment or a townhouse for the SAS participant and her children for 3 to 5 years. These residences are not occupied on a permanent basis, but are available according to need.
* The Hot House is a two-bed supportive, secure residence for those who experience difficulty breaking away from addiction and street life.
* Home Sweet Home is a foster nursery for young street women and their babies.
* A follow-up program offers a weekly "family meeting" for women who have graduated from SAS that lets them keep in touch with the organization, once they have become independent.
* The Corner Club is a preventive program located in the centre of Calgary. It is open to all young people, whether or not they live on the street. Participants organize leisure activities, haveformed a popular theatre group, publish a magazine (Cry of the Street), raise funds for the centre, and conduct an awareness-raising workshop in Calgary (Shock Talk).
* Project 2001 is the place where volunteers, who constitute the majority of the community workers, are trained. They have started to implement employment-generating strategies, such as a child care cooperative (The Cuddle and Care Cooperative).

Started by three people, personally involved in the Christian Recovery Movement, SAS shows its spiritual roots in the dedication of its volunteers, and of its two permanent staff members. The Director, one of the founders of SAS, lives at the Oasis Centre and pays rent. SAS does not have professional service providers on staff, but refers some of its residents to social agencies and uses a network of volunteer professionals, such as dentists, physicians, therapists and social workers.

The Board of Directors of SAS has decided not to ask for funding from government agencies in order to maintain its freedom from conventional, bureaucratic types of social intervention aimed at street youth and young prostitutes. Most of the funding comes from foundations, and from individual and corporate donations.

SAS is also currently developing a participatory approach to its decision-making process, by opening its Board to its residents. Confronted with the difficult reality of involving young women with few management and social skills, SAS has developed a mentoring process, whereby each Board member is paired with a resident recognized for her leadership qualities.

101-14530, 72 Street     Tel.: (403) 478-6521
Edmonton, Alberta
T5C 0R7

The purpose of Unity Centre is to provide a comfortable, inviting place in the community. Unity Centre offers opportunities to learn, develop and share skills by providing low-cost daytime and evening programs for everyone in the family. This Centre also acts as an information, referral, and drop-in centre. Some of the services provided at Unity Centre include a playschool available at low cost, a "parents' time out" program, preteen cooking group, activities for parents and their child, native mothers unity (activities for natives and their children that promote cultural awareness) and collective kitchens.

240 Abbottsfield Mall     Tel.: (403) 479-5443
3210, 118 Avenue     Fax: (403) 474-1993
Edmonton, Alberta
T5W 4W1

The Wecan Co-op was created by the residents of Abbottsfield and Rundle communities. The Wecan Co-op has a vision of the future that involves the community. In the true sense of co-operative, they focus on putting ownership in the hands of the people. They achieve this by providing employment in the community, creating new initiatives based on their ideas and skills, learning and growing from their interaction with others and actively participating in making their community a better place to live.

The Wecan Co-op is presently involved in three different areas:

* The Employment Resource Centre provides support, information and direction to community residents wanting to find employment, training or education.

* E.R.C. for Youth is a stay-in-school initiative for grade six and seven students in the community. The youth workers and the sports skills coach work directly in the schools with the children.

* Community and economic development is a number of different ongoing initiatives for co-op members; a storefront where they can sell their crafts to supplement their income; woolcrafter co-op producing Alberta made products; a community garden where members can grow their own produce to help supplement their food supply.

248 Abbottsfield Mall     Tel.: (403) 496-5938
3210, 118 Ave.     Fax: (403) 474-1993
Edmonton, Alberta
T5W 4W1

Located in the North-East region of Edmonton, We Can Food Co-op works exclusively with low-income families to help them obtain nutritious food at low cost. This food co-operative, which started in February 1995, is made up of members who are trying to save money on groceries. To participate, families have to pay a fee of $5 a year. For $15 each month, the members can receive two bags of high quality, nutritious groceries. By combining their money, Co-op members can afford to buy bulk, directly from wholesalers and local producers. The members help to sort and distribute the food by giving at least two hours of their time, therefore making it possible for the Co-op to sell food at a lower price. The Co-op also has a barter exchange table for items members don't want.

Box 681, 5116, 51st Ave.     Tel.: (403) 778-6209
Whitecourt, Alberta
T7S 1N7

Whitecourt is a small community of approximately 7,000 people. The Wellspring Women's Resource Centre, which was formed by women from the community, offers short-term shelter for women and theirchildren living in abusive relationships or women who end up on the street with their children because of poverty. The Women's Resource Centre offers services to women such as budgeting tips, help in finding a job, or assistance in going back to school for those who wish to do so. The Wellspring Women's Resource Centre also works in co-operation with the food bank and the second-hand clothes store "repeat boutique".

Alberta Status of Women Action Committee     Tel.: (403) 329-8338
8-740, 4th Avenue South
Lethbridge, Alberta
T1J 0N9

Womanspace Resource Centre deals with issues affecting women and their families. This resource centre is one of a kind in the wide area it serves. Over the past two years, since poverty has become increasingly common in Alberta, especially among women and their children, Womanspace has decided to take action on this issue. It offers support groups for low-income women using the resource centre, which operates as a casual drop-in centre. It is associated with the community kitchen in the area and other services that can be of help to low-income women and their children. Women who attend the resource centre have access to free child care. Womanspace also provides a resource library and public education.

9827 E Horton Road S.W.     Tel.: (403) 255-7514
Calgary, Alberta     Fax: (403) 255-0807
T2V 2X5

The Women in Need Society provides a supportive network and an environment for women in need. Women In Need Society operates six thrift stores across Calgary, where they sell or give away furniture, clothes and household items to women. Women In Need also employs on a single-day basis women living on low incomes, while they look for work, to help raise self-esteem and to build work references. This organization lends computers to women at minimal cost, so they can learn or work on their computer skills. It also provides women who have to perform mandatory community service with a place to serve their hours.
Women In Need also offers a parent and child drop-in centre where women have access to a job employment program and a nutrition program.

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