The End of the Rainbow Foundation’s mission is to improve socioeconomic conditions for people of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities or expressions (SOGIE) by providing innovative education, support programs, and research. The organization’s vision is to fully welcome and nurture SOGIE people into Canadian life so that they become contributing members of our society.
Our services are driven by a strength and resilience approach. We believe that all people of sexually diverse people are inherently strong and resilient. Our services are orientated toward ensuring that people’s basic needs, belonging and relation needs are addressed. When these are met, then the foundation for attainment of greater personal goals and self-sufficiency is established and people can be encouraged to achieve their dreams. We reject damage-based models that stereotype sexually diverse people as not able to strive toward, or do not value the importance of, strength and resiliency in their their lives. We strive to partner with service providers and organizations with a similar philosophy.
We offer peer support groups, supports to settle, and support for refugee hearings in the Calgary area. The Welcoming Spaces Project is based on peer support provided by LGBTQ+ people given to LGBTQ+ people to encourage positive mental health and well being oriented toward improving socio-economic conditions for all. We do this by encouraging everyone in the general public, new and long-time Canadians, to live well together in all of the services that we provide.
One important project is the Calgary Rainbow Railroad Station which assists refugees, persecuted in their home countries due to being LGBTQ+, to settle in Calgary and find a new safe home. We help to create sponsorship groups, find housing or shelter, food, clothing, language training, career development, and all the other things that you will need to get established in Calgary. We provide these supports using our volunteers and partners.