Oxford House Foundation

we serve these populations

  • homelessness
  • indigenous communities
  • women

we need help with:

  • addiction recovery
  • mental health

Requesting $10000


“I wanted quality recovery, not just abstinence. I wanted meaningful relationships with others.” – Kathleen

Kathleen was living with her husband, two Bernese Mountain dogs that were like children to her, and working in the dental industry before her five-year addiction took everything away from her. Stress had led to more and more substance abuse until that day Kathleen was found unresponsive in public and rushed to the hospital. “They had to code me,” she says.

Once released from hospital, Kathleen went to a detox centre for five days. While there, she was interviewed, along with about 25 other people trying to get into a treatment centre. “I was accepted! I am so grateful.”

Near the end of her treatment, Kathleen attended a presentation about Oxford House. “I didn’t know much about Oxford House, just what I’d heard from people who had lived there. I knew the homes were furnished. I knew I would be supported there. And, the truth is, I didn’t really have anywhere else to go.”

Kathleen came to Oxford House for an interview with a support worker. A second interview was set up with the residents at a home in north Calgary. “I really wanted to live in the south because I have family there, but there were no vacancies at the time. A month later, a vacancy became available and I moved into one of Oxford’s homes in the south.”

Kathleen says the entire transitioning process was seamless, with door-to-door service from treatment to her Oxford home.

During her time in her Oxford House home, Kathleen apprenticed as a dog groomer because of her great love for animals. “What a difference from my previously stressful job!”

Kathleen also reconnected with the people who took over the care of her beloved dogs. Their situation had changed and Kathleen was presented with the opportunity of getting Ruby (6) and Bruce (4) back.

“I never imagined this could happen. When I gave them up, that was it. There was no promise of getting them back.”

Feeling more equipped to maintain her sobriety and live independently, Kathleen moved into her own home with one of her roomies from Oxford House – a woman she had grown to trust, and who doesn’t mind sharing their new place with two Bernese Mountain dogs.

We were honoured to have Kathleen share her moving story with us at our Annual Community Gathering in October.

Read more stories, and get updates, at http://oxfordhouse.ca/about-us/travel-blog/

One in five adults in Alberta are directly affected by addictions. This includes alcohol, gambling, illicit drugs, prescription drugs and a variety of other substances and behaviours. Each year, approximately 16,000 Albertans seek treatment for their addiction issues.

To meet the needs of individuals with addictions, services need to be long-term, holistic, affordable, trauma-informed, culturally sensitive, and promote positive social networks that model and reinforce a sober lifestyle.

Peer support is a critical component in Oxford House. Peers provide each other with social and emotional support, accountability, mentorship and role models for recovery. Increased levels of house harmony and mutual aid have been found in Oxford Houses that have members with greater age differences and income levels.

In 2017, 458 men and women moved into an Oxford House recovery home. And 154 of them moved out of Oxford House clean, sober and better equipped to live independent and financially sustainable lives. Another 62 individuals remained sober in residence.


Goal Statement

Individuals recovering from addiction have long-term sobriety and skills for self-sufficiency to successfully re-integrate into the community.

Oxford House is designed to address the needs of adult men and women who:

  • Need a sober living environment to continue their recovery from addiction
  • Have received residential treatment in the past year or are on a waiting list for treatment
  • May be homeless or at risk of homelessness
  • May have a history of involvement with the criminal justice system
  • May have a history of trauma and/or childhood abuse
  • Are prepared to re-integrate back into society
  • Are Aboriginal or non-Aboriginal

This goal is accomplished through the following objectives:

  • Provision of a safe and supportive home environment
  • Promoting a sober social network
  • Facilitating peer support within the house
  • Supporting members to learn life skills for self-sufficiency
  • Reconnecting members to Aboriginal cultural and spiritual identity
  • Supporting members to increase their coping skills and self-efficacy to abstain from substance abuse

When men and women in recovery come to Oxford House, they have already taken some important steps on their road to recovery. They know it’s not going to be easy. They’re ready to work hard. They know they’ll get out what they put in. And when they take the next step to live in an Oxford Home, they know we’ll support them.


Because we’ve been there and know how important this step is.

Recovery without relapse is possible in an Oxford home. Each home forms its own family and is situated in a suburban neighbourhood away from danger areas. The peer support of other residents in the house who have experienced many of the same difficulties is a benefit to our residents. They find understanding and hope while learning how to live with life’s challenges.

Men and women in recovery from addictions can apply for sober housing at http://oxfordhouse.ca/programs/

Residents pay a modest rent that covers approximately 61% of the cost to provide a home for them. Oxford House relies on donors for the remaining percentage, which translates to approximately $9/day for each resident.

  • $60 provides a home to a man or woman in recovery for one week.
  • $125 provides a home to a man or woman in recovery for 14 days.
  • $350 provides a home to a man or woman in recovery for 39 days.
  • $3,285 provides a home to a man or woman in recovery for an entire year.

Make a one-time donation or become an I Am For Oxford monthly donor at http://oxfordhouse.ca/donate/

It doesn’t take much to make a huge difference!

The First 30 Days program helps newcomers get a good start in their Oxford House home by creating a sense of home, support to maintain recovery, food, transportation needs, etc. Oxford House gratefully accepts donations of non-perishable food, kitchen items, hygiene products, bus tickets and gift cards. Gift In Kind donations can be delivered to:

Oxford House Foundation 220-221 62 Ave SE, Calgary AB T2H 0R5

Oxford House is seeking event volunteers (for events between October and December), social media ambassador volunteers and a First 30 Days warehouse volunteer (once per month). Contact us for more information.


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Diana Schwenk

Development Coordinator



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Charity Number: #891759748 RR0001

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