Notes from the Front Lines: Fear, joy, belonging, connection.

Notes from the Front Lines: Fear, joy, belonging, connection.

I think the first time it hit me that life had radically changed was when I took my wedding band off permanently. The cherished piece of jewelry that my husband gave me had belonged to my husband’s grandmother and was really important to me.  But it had many crevices...
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...
“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!” Violet had taped it to the door of her room at the Assisted Self-Isolation Site...
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...
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....
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...

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