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Calgary community?

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If you have any questions, please contact us at reception@elizabethfrycalgary.ca. We’d be happy to discuss our work in more detail.

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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.


Mark Your Calendars… Our Book & Art Sale is Coming Up!

April 27, 2017

Join us this weekend! 

Books, art and coffee… is there a better way to spend the weekend? Stop by our first annual book sale this Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm at the HUB at West Canadian in Inglewood (1601 9 Avenue SE) and stock up on your summer reading. Books are being sold for $1 to $4 each and all proceeds go towards our SAGE program.

More than just books.

Pre-loved books, client artwork and crafts that celebrate Indigenous culture will be available for sale with all proceeds supporting our SAGE program, helping vulnerable women start again. Join us for more than just books!

  • Client artwork and handcrafted goods for sale
  • Author readings throughout the day including Susan Smith, Ghada Al Atrash, and many more
  • Specialty coffee beverages handcrafted by Monogram coffee
  • A chance to learn more about our work in the community

Our programs help give women a second chance.

Your support will help us! Visit our Facebook event for more details and to share with friends. See you this weekend!