COVID-19: How You Can Help
Your donation to our Area of Greatest Needs will help ensure lasting support in both the short term and long term.
We are all unsure of what awaits us in the future, but The Alex is preparing for increased need from vulnerable Calgarians as this crisis continues.
Message from our CEO
Thank you for being a part of The Alex family. We deeply appreciate your support of our organization and the vulnerable people whom we serve, particularly at this time.
Our team has worked tirelessly to adapt and reorganize our entire operation to create new ways of supporting our community. I am truly in awe of the commitment and ingenuity of our staff and how they’ve ‘come together’ to find solutions despite creating needed physical distance between us.
We’ve had to be as responsive and nimble as we’ve ever been before, to ensure our community is safe, and their needs are met. We have realigned and integrated our programs and services to meet the most pressing needs of thousands of people we serve.
Physical distancing is necessary, but true social distancing would be a terrible blow for our already vulnerable community. We’ve ceased group food and social programming and are rolling out our new Social Dispatch Centre which involves the re-deployment of our food, social and wellness staff members. The goal of the Social Dispatch Centre is to provide essential, safe and sustainable supports during COVID-19 including information and outreach services to provide food and support other basic needs as well as providing isolated community members with someone to talk to.
The Alex is also building internal capacity to ensure we can meet the ongoing needs of the community. We anticipate that the need for our services will increase and we have started the work to ensure we can meet the added demand.
During the COVID-19 crisis we want to ensure continuity of the essential programming our community depends on. This includes:
• physical and mental health services,
• social and basic needs supports
• food and wellness programming
So not only am I thanking you for supporting The Alex, but also for supporting our team; the people who are delivering on our promise to support vulnerable Calgarians; the people who provide health, housing and social supports to our neighbours, many whom would not have anywhere else to turn. You make that possible. And I can say with deep pride that we are honoring that commitment.
– Joy Bowen-Eyre, CEO
Growing, Cooking & Sharing during COVID
Read our newest blog post about how we have reimagined our Community Food Centre to provide supports and good food for our community