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Stuff the Bus

Stuff the Bus

Join us Sat May 15 at Genesis Centre to drop off your donations and help us fill our bus to the brim with in-need items!

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Our Pandemic Year

Our Pandemic Year

We don’t just mark time in months, days and years, but also in stories, actions, and reflections on where we have been and how we will move forward. One year into the pandemic is one year of continuous masking, one year of adjusting what social connection means, one...

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Social Work at The Alex: Colin’s Story

Social Work at The Alex: Colin’s Story

It was a day like any other day for Colin. He woke up on someone else’s couch, put on the hoodie and jeans he’d been wearing for two weeks, and quietly walked out the front door. It wasn’t unusual for him to go without breakfast, or any meal for that matter. He’d been...

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International Women’s Day with Joy

International Women’s Day with Joy

International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to...

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Recreation Therapy. Recreation as Therapy.

Recreation Therapy. Recreation as Therapy.

Recreation Therapy: Recreation as TherapyHow The Alex Rec Therapists use activities to promote healing, community integration, and overall improve quality of life. Pathways to Housing is one of The Alex’s four housing programs that specializes in securing a home for...

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Holiday Hope Totes

Holiday Hope Totes

We are excited to announce that we will be meeting our Holiday Hope Tote goal through the support of 100s of generous Calgarians. Need to arrange for pickup or drop off? Click through to read more.

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React, Reframe, Respond

React, Reframe, Respond

This report shines a spotlight on the incredible work The Alex has achieved over the past few months. It is a testament not only to the work we do, but the work you have done to provide critical support during this time, as funders, donors, community partners and friends.

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To Market, To Market…

To Market, To Market…

The Alex Community Food Centre parking lot has been transformed into an outdoor market for the coming summer months. Ensuring physical distancing, but celebrating social togetherness, the market is providing a spark of community spirit in the Greater Forest Lawn area.

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Notes from the Front Lines: Bearing Witness

Notes from the Front Lines: Bearing Witness

“What do you do for a living?”

I always find this a difficult question to answer. Mental health worker, manager, teammate, toilet cleaner, chauffeur, funeral planner, chronic crier, bed bug inspector, mover, system navigator, de-escalator, and advocate are just a few of the hats I am blessed to wear in a role I have so proudly held for the past eight years.

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“I love all my Front Liners”

“I love all my Front Liners”

The note, written in beautiful cursive, and decorated with flowers, peace signs and red crosses, read “I love all my Front Liners. Thank you for the sacrifices you have made for us!”

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Growing, Cooking, and Sharing during COVID-19

Growing, Cooking, and Sharing during COVID-19

As the world closed its doors in late March, the staff at The Alex Community Food Centre had to look inward and ask ourselves “What does a community resource like the CFC look like without the bustling energy of our weekly meals, the laughter of the kids in our cooking classes, and the welcoming smiles of our volunteers greeting people at the doors? How do we deliver the comforts and kindness that are the values of our programs during a time of physical distancing?”

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How do you self-isolate without a home?

How do you self-isolate without a home?

The Alex has been a key player in a system-wide response to providing a safe, medically supported space for those experiencing homelessness. The Assisted Self-Isolation Site (ASIS) is a collaboration between The Alex, Calgary Homeless Foundation, HomeSpace, and CUPS....

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How we are meeting the needs of our community

How we are meeting the needs of our community

It has now been five weeks since The Alex team (and the rest of the world), starting working within what we are now calling our "new normal." We pivoted our operations to provide safe, effective care for our community members, with our main focus on following AHS...

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COVID-19 Update: The Alex

COVID-19 Update: The Alex

As we all continue to monitor COVID-19, we are collaborating with local health and emergency authorities and our social sector colleagues on our response. Here are the current precautions that The Alex is taking to minimize risk to our clients, our team, and our...

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Environmental Design at The Alex

Environmental Design at The Alex

Space matters.  When The Alex moved into our new facility in June of 2017, we were focused on some big challenges; how do we transform a manufacturing plant into a multi-purpose, multi-program social and medical space? How will we fit over 200 staff into the...

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