What We Do
The Calgary Alpha House Society was established in 1981 as a committed response to a marginalized population of men and women who were addicted to alcohol or other drugs and living vulnerable on the streets of Calgary.
Alpha House’s values and beliefs includes respecting the clients’ right to self-determination as they address the impact of alcoholism and addiction in their lives. The organization strives to develop relationships of trust with clients, working on client-identified objectives from withdrawal management and mental health concerns, to addiction treatment, housing needs and more. The continuum of care model provides services for the challenges and opportunities the client may face.
Alpha House is committed to the well-being of its staff through ongoing training and the promotion of self-care. We provide our staff with cultural and diversity sensitivity training, crisis and trauma informed care training, CPR and other specific training to enhance the compassion and empathy our staff bring to our clients daily.
Calgary Alpha House Society’s History:
- In 1985, the team concept of client care is instituted with four teams made up of a Shift Supervisor, Senior Recovery Aide and a Recovery Aide.
- In 1992, with the help of Royal Canadian Legion No. 1 and Alberta Public Works, a women’s dorm of four beds is opened in Detox.
- Throughout our history we have maintained a small but effective volunteer base of Board members and administration help.
- In June 1993, our first open Friday night Alcoholics Anonymous meeting is held. It remains a popular meeting to this day for men and women in the community.
- In 2005, our Outreach program begins through a partnership with Calgary Urban Project Society (CUPS) and the Downtown Outreach Addictions Partnership (DOAP) is born.
- That same year, we began operating as a 24-hour self-referral facility.
- In 2005, a Development Permit Application is sent to the City of Calgary and this begins our Detox addition and Shelter renovation project.
- In 2006-2008, with community partnerships, we operate a second shelter known as Alpha2 to meet the increased demand due to winter conditions.
- Throughout Alpha House’s history our occupancy rates have remained steady from 85% to l20% for the Shelter and Detox programs.
- Presently we run five programs: Shelter, Outreach (DOAP), Detox, Housing and Encampment.
- 2012, we marked 30 years of community service.
- 2012, opened our first Permanent Supportive Housing building.