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Calgary community?

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Our Latest News


TELUS Calgary Community Board Supports EFry Youth Program

December 14, 2017

We are pleased to announce the generous support of the TELUS Calgary Community Board and its funding of EFry Calgary’s Youth Legal Advocacy Program. The funding is for one year of the program and will provide resources and support for youth involved in the justice system and courts.

Youth without supports are often overwhelmed and confused about the legal processes and options for their charges. The Youth Legal Advocacy Program provides mentorship supports to at-risk youth, and assistance with information and navigation of legal processes. Positive mentorship relationships are important factors in creating resilience and helping youth avoid further recidivism within the criminal justice system.

Community leader and author Sheldon Kennedy visited EFry Calgary to present a generous financial gift to EFry. During his visit he learned about EFry’s other programs that are making a difference in our community. Sheldon was able to share his own views on the importance of creating resiliency in youth to contribute to future successes.

EFry is very thankful for the support of TELUS Calgary Community Board and for their recognition of our work. This contribution will enable us to continue to support youth in having hopeful futures.

The TELUS Calgary Community Board has donated $6.4 million since 205 to 405 grassroots projects, charities and organizations, and we are pleased to celebrate this new partnership with the TELUS Calgary community.

Thank you for supporting EFry Calgary and making our community stronger.


Help Us Raise $1000 on Giving Tuesday

November 24, 2017

This holiday season, we need your help to remove barriers and build bridges to more hopeful futures for Calgary’s vulnerable women and their families.

People living in poverty face many barriers to securing housing, employment and community acceptance. Imagine trying to rebuild your life if you have a criminal record or are so deeply entrenched in the cycle of poverty that you are forced to make difficult choices between food for your family, or paying for public transit to get to your minimum wage job. What if the “criminal record check” box on an employment application restricted your ability to get a job? What if you did not have a “fixed address” that allowed you to secure government documents
that are essential for health care, employment and other benefits?

For many women and families in Calgary, these barriers are a daily reality that prevent them from moving forward. It is often these barriers that drive crimes of poverty, such as stealing food, shoplifting a winter coat or riding the C-train without purchasing a ticket.

Tuesday, November 28 is Giving Tuesday. We challenge you to make a difference in the lives of women and their families who need another chance.

One of the biggest barriers for marginalized women is finding and securing housing. Stable housing is essential for women rebuilding their lives. It can bring about pivotal change by breaking the cycle of poverty.

Food, hygiene items and those basic necessities many of us take for granted are often unattainable for women on limited or no income. Having access to basic needs can make all the difference between having a house or a home.

Our goal is to raise $1000 on Giving Tuesday! Your donation will help us set up women in their new households. Here’s how your money can make a difference:

  • $25 provides clients with either a set of dishes, towels or other kitchen items
  • $50 provides basic necessities such as hygiene items, pantry staples and kitchen essentials
  • $100 will help a mom provide Christmas presents and food for her family
  • $250 provides clients with a move-in kit of kitchen items, towels, bedding and bathroom
    supplies

We challenge you to make a difference in the lives of women and their families who need a
second chance. Please donate now!

Your support is appreciated and will help us to build bridges to more hopeful futures.


A Year of Second Chances – 2016 Annual Report

July 25, 2017

Through the tough economy of last year, the Elizabeth Fry Society of Calgary persevered thanks to the strength of the individuals, funders, volunteers, partnerships, staff, management team and Board of Directors.

Our 2016 annual report is about second chances, and that is what our work is all about. Giving women a second chance heals families and communities, and reduces the financial burden of incarceration. The theme of second chances is represented in the report through the common and humble dandelion – a symbol of resiliency that survives and thrives through the toughest conditions, symbolizing the ability to rise above challenges.

We celebrate the stories and success of the women and families we serve, and know that the community of care and support makes a difference in healing, and creating new beginnings through second chances. Thank you for your support.

Click here to read our 2016 Annual Report.


Walk a Mile in Our Moccasins

June 15, 2017

In celebration of Aboriginal Awareness Week, the Elizabeth Fry Society of Calgary and Calgary Alpha House are joining together to support reconciliation and awareness through an event that will teach the tradition of moccasin making. Come walk a mile in our moccasins, and learn the tradition of moccasin making through community connection and cultural teachings.

Indigenous moccasins were a nearly universal element from tribe to tribe, with distinctive features and subtle patterns among the various tribes. Indigenous people could often tell each other’s tribal affiliation simply from the design of their shoes. Authentic Indigenous moccasins are made with all natural materials that signify a historical connection to the land. Creating authentic Indigenous crafts builds a genuine cultural connection that’s crucial in rebuilding relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

  • Who: EFry Calgary and Calgary Alpha House
  • What: “Walk a Mile in Our Moccasins”
    $55 includes all material and instruction to make one pair of infant moccasins
  • When: Monday, June 19 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Where: Sunalta Community Centre, 1627 10 Avenue SW
  • Why: In celebration of Aboriginal Awareness Week

Registration is limited; call 403-294- 0737 to secure your spot. Participation supports both Alpha House and EFry Calgary’s Indigenous Programming.