The Alex Blog

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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Alex Doctor Receives Excellence in Family Practice Award

Alex Doctor Receives Excellence in Family Practice Award

Congratulations to our own Dr. Randall Berlin, who has received a 2019 Recognition of Excellence award from the Alberta College of Physicians.The Recognition of Excellence Awards recognize members who, in the past 12-24 months have made an outstanding contribution to...

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The Alex makes Canada’s Top 100 Charities List

The Alex makes Canada’s Top 100 Charities List

On a regular basis, charities make appeals for your hard-earned cash. We know it's challenging to diligently evaluate a charity's financial health and efficiency before donating, and with so many to choose from, it's hard to know if your dollars are being used to...

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