The Brenda Strafford Foundation, Heart Home Network

we serve these populations

  • children and youth
  • homelessness
  • immigrant newcomers
  • indigenous communities
  • women

we need help with:

  • addiction recovery
  • domestic violence
  • employment
  • food security
  • mental health

Mission: The Heart Home Network serves people at risk of family violence by providing a safe housing environment and comprehensive support services for its residents, so that they can transition to living stable lives free of abuse in the community. We provide essential services such as safe housing, first necessity items, counseling, and educational/recreational programs.

All financial support received will be used to carry out our mission: to support people at risk who have experienced family violence to live safely and successfully in our community. Currently, our Top 3 Priority Areas are Mental Health, Programming, and Childcare Relief Staff.

“The Network is all about discovering what’s already in you; it’s there for you to learn about yourself, from yourself.” – Former Resident

Our Programs
Secure Housing: Second-Stage Shelter (34 units) and Progressive Housing (51 units). Primarily two-bedroom units for mothers and their children. Home Décor volunteers ensure that upon moving in, each family feels welcome.
Food Program: Food Pantry with staple foods, fresh refrigerated food, spices, and non-perishable items from the Calgary Food Bank are stored. The Hillhurst-Sunnyside Community Centre located nearby provides free fresh produce weekly.
Adult Services: Counsellors help clients settle into the building, provide emotional support, and assist with finances, education, and employment. Parenting Group and Women’s Support Group is a judgement-free place for women to learn more about themselves and how to care for their children. Workshops are available for resume building, interview preparation, and legal matters. Our Brighter Futures program helps foster workplace and life skills development.
Child Services: Child and Youth Counsellors offer play and art therapy for kids ages 4+ as well as mental health referrals. Outcomes targeted in counselling range from mental health to social skills, confidence, and education.
Our Resilient Hearts Centre is the home of our childcare program, through which children ages 0-12 receive free childcare throughout the week. We organize engaging day trips and vacation programming. Healthy snacks, a quiet sleeping room, and diapering area are readily available.
In addition, we run volunteer-supported homework help and tutoring, Walk2School, and school snack programs for elementary school students.
Housing Locator and Landlord Coordinator 
After the Second Stage period has ended, clients decide whether to move into Progressive Housing or find alternative housing in the community. Our Housing Locator helps clients decide what is best for them and their families, based on their monthly finances. Our Landlord Coordinator is here to help clients with day-to-day matters, necessary repairs, signing leases, move in and move out inspections, and ensuring timely payment of rent.

What you can do

We believe that the path to a healthy, violence-free society starts with people getting involved.

1. Join our digital mailing list at the bottom of our website!

2. Consider donating your time to the HHN! Volunteers are extraordinarily important. Check out or call us at 403.270.7240.

3. Attend our events and fundraisers! Keep an eye out on our website for impactful events like the Luminary Luncheon and Mentorship Auction, Picnic in the Park, Strong Like a Woman campaign, and more. Updates at

4. Donate today to support women and children leaving family violence. You can also make in-kind donations (see our wishlist at

Do you have other ideas for fundraising? We would love to hear from you! Email our Resource Development Manager at [email protected].

Thank you for helping us work towards a community free from family violence.

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The Brenda Strafford Foundation, Heart Home Network



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Charity Number: #105198873RR0001

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