Below are a few places in Edmonton that provide a variety of services. There are services and programs available even if you are not homeless or low-income. Click the link to be directed to the home page of each organization. Located near the bottom of this page are organizations that specifically provide pregnancy related services.
If you are in need of assistance (e.g. Housing, Food, Emergency relief, family/domestic violence, employment, community programs, etc.) but don’t know where to start, calling the number 211 will help get you started. “211 is a 24-hour information and referral line that helps people connect to social, health and government services.” (CMHA – Edmonton)
-This links to an online form where you can request a hamper if you meet certain qualifications. You can also be referred by a community agency.
-The downtown location has a drop-in centre where you can receive food and participate in a variety of recreational programs. This location is where you can also connect with front-line workers for referrals to housing, employment, and other needs .
– Services available for individuals and families; Indigenous persons; drop-in centre; outreach workers; housing workers; mental health support; employment/job search program (Water Wings); Pet Food Bank
-Drop in centre, free meals 7 days a week. Outreach workers. Housing workers.
-Provides information, support, and assistance to senior citizens such as: Housing, multicultural programming, free counselling, fun activities, help with filling out paperwork, social workers, and safety issues.
-With a listening ear and compassion, they provide those in need with food, clothing, donated furniture and household goods, and community referrals.
-Food Bank services (Halal), assistance and information for Refugees, Outreach Workers, Culturally relevant counselling services, supports for victims of Family Violence, family programs for building connections and community.
Water Wings (A Boyle Street Community Services program for Job Search/Employment Training)
-A variety of services for immigrants and newcomers to Canada including: Settlement, Job Search, Employment Training, English as an Additional Language (EAL/ESL), community connection/integration programs, specific programs for mothers and children, men’s programs, and family programs.
Catholic Social Services – Edmonton
-Provides services and programs for people regardless of their religious/non-religious background: Addictions, counselling, disability services for adults and children, FASD support, HIV/AIDS, Immigrant and Refugee, family support, senior citizen.
-Each Primary Care location provides different services such as diabetes care, Registered Dietitians, Mental Health Workers, Social Workers, Maternity Clinic, Women’s Health.
City of Edmonton – Support Programs
-“The City provides counselling and drop-in support groups that can help you deal with relationships, parenting challenges, abuse or violence in the family. We also offer referral services for financial resources, housing options, recreation opportunities, and community resources.” City of Edmonton
Pathways Pregnancy – Boyle McCauley Health Centre
This program provides outreach services and supports to homeless women who are pregnant, many of whom are struggling with addictions and substance abuse.
Terra Centre – Pregnant and Parenting Teens
“We are able to accept young parents at whatever point they are at in their journey and tailor our services to meet their distinct needs and circumstances. We understand that each young parent’s experiences are unique to them and our Starting Point program reflects that.”
Catholic Social Services (Edmonton) – Valeda House
“This ministry provides temporary shelter for homeless women who may face exceptional challenges in finding safe housing. This is a safe and secure environment that is alcohol and drug free, non-smoking and no pets.
The Valeda residence can accommodate six women with one or two children under the age of five for up to six months. Each family has their own bedroom with a bed for mom plus a toddler bed or crib as needed. The kitchen, living room, and other spaces are communal.”
Catholic Social Services (Edmonton) – Gianna Centre
“The Gianna Centre — formerly the Edmonton Pregnancy Crisis Centre — provides information, support, and advocacy to those who are facing an unplanned or crisis pregnancy. Our goal is to promote the sanctity of human life, and protect the unborn as well as to help the mother/father who may be in distress. We also strive to provide support to women and their families who are experiencing a pregnancy crisis situation.”