Children's Cottage Society of Calgary
Our Story Why We Exist
Since 1986 the CCS has been dedicated to achieving our vision of Safe Children in Healthy Families. We have become a trusted source of support with over 150 staff in three locations offering programs and services to clients across Calgary and surrounding areas. In our 30 year history, our core programs have helped over 60,000 vulnerable children, including over 2,800 children and 1,600 families in 2015.
Without our services and programs, most notably our Crisis Nursery (the city of Calgary’s only facility of its kind), many of the families we see on a daily basis would not have the resources needed to ensure their child’s safety and security.
Jennifer, a single mother to her three and seven year old daughters, fled Vancouver from an abusive relationship fearing for her own safety and that of her children. With no home, clothes, furniture or employment, Jennifer desperately needed some time to get on her feet, which is where The Children's Cottage Society (CCS) stepped in to help.
Our Impact What We Do
We were so happy for the quality care, your attention to detail and individual attention, along with the "at home" atmoshphere you provided our children with during their stay. This assured us that our children were in good and capable hands. - Bridgeland Crisis Nursery Clients (November 2013)
Our clients are as diverse as the city we serve. Families from all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds reach out to us. The CCS offers non-judgemental programs and services aimed at helping our clients through a crisis regardless of what their circumstances may be. We believe that asking for help is a sign of strength and we aim to work collaboratively with local agencies to ensure families are provided with the best services and resources to meet their needs.
In Nov. 2016, CCS was named in the top 10 most effective and impactful charities in Canada, with every dollar donated not only going to children and families in need, but actually changing the lives of those families and children. READ MORE
Our Programs How We Do It
Our programs and services are available to families from all walks of life. We offer non-judgemental, cost-free services that will help families and their children remain safe and healthy.
- CRISIS NURSERY We encourage parents to call us when there is no one else to care for their child (newborn to eight years of age) during a difficult time.
- HEALTHY FAMILIES We offer parents of newborns parenting support through regular visits in the comfort of their own home.
- COMMUNITY RESPITE We offer programs that give parents a rest when there is no one else to turn to for the care of their child.
- BRENDA’S HOUSE - HOMLESS FAMILY SHELTER A place where families who are currently homeless can find safe and comfortable shelter.
- HOUSING PROGRAMS We offer housing programs to families currently experiencing homelessness by helping them find affordable housing and stay housed.
Our Requests What You Can Do
Donations: The Children's Cottage Society benefits immediately from cash donations. You can choose to donate a one-time gift, in memory or in honour of a family member or loved one, a pledge over several months, give stocks or securiries, bequest through a will, or simply make monthly credit card donations! Every dollar donated ensures the future of a vulnerable child and family in need.
Third-Party Fundraising: Have fun while raising funds! Get your clubs, community groups, co-workers and friends together and host an event that is uniquely you. Jump-start an annual run, plan a golf tournament or cook up a delicious dinner party for friends.
Volunteer: check out our volunteer page for more, and an online application form. To find out more about how to get involved contact the Manager of Volunteer Programs at (403) 233.2680 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn the numerous other ways you can help Calgary's children and families!
You can see how volunteers helped us during the 2013 flood in Calgary.
On Sunday, June 23, 2013 residents in the community of Bridgeland were permitted to return to their homes and survey the damage from the #abfloods. This is the story of how Calgarians came together to help the Children's Cottage Society Crisis Nursery recover from the damage and get the kids back home. With a big thanks to volunteers, contractors, first responders, business owners and neighbors who all came together in the face of this natural disaster. Here's a video on the crisis we faced over three years ago: YYC Helps.