Nov. 22, 2022 | CREB
Realtors help to transform housing quality in Calgary and area
CREB® REALTOR® Community Foundation has awarded Transformation Grants to the Alexandra Community Health Centre (The Alex), Children's Cottage Society and Inn from the Cold.
Each non-profit will receive $10,000 in grant funding to support minor repairs to help improve housing quality for the community’s most vulnerable.
“These organizations represent a different kind of support systems for individuals,” says Murray Scotton, Chair of CREB® REALTOR® Community Foundation. “We are humbled to be a part of the effort so many organizations put forth to support housing and shelter in our city, and it is no different when we look at the work that Inn from the Cold, the Alex, and the Children’s Cottage Society do.”
Alexandra Community Health Centre (The Alex)
The Alex is a non-profit health and social services organization that has provided integrated and accessible support and thoughtful, comprehensive care to Calgarians for almost 50 years. The Alex supports a full complement of health, housing and community programs.
Grant funds will support automatic-locking door handles on 42 apartments in Abbeydale and Forest Lawn. Funds will also be used to install two interior Dutch doors at Abbeydale Place.
"Every person deserves to have a safe and functional space to call home. The Alex place-based supportive housing programs focus on providing accessible and integrated support for residents with chronic illnesses, disabilities, mental health and substance use disorders, who have experienced long-term or repeated homelessness,” says Tara Pratt, Program Lead for Abbeydale Place and Prelude Housing Programs. “The grant will have a significant impact on our program and residents by providing us with the ability to complete critical renovations and repairs in our buildings."
Children's Cottage Society
Children’s Cottage Society is dedicated to building strong healthy children and safe nurturing families through prevention programs and support services. Children's Cottage Society works with families to increase protective factors and decrease risk factors as a strategy to promote child development, effective and nurturing parenting, and to support and strengthen family functioning.
Grant funds will support exterior safety upgrades to the crisis nursery. This includes resurfacing the outdoor vinyl to eliminate slippery conditions and installing a new handrail.
“We are so thankful for the support of community partners like CREB®. Our Crisis Nursery is a place for young children to feel safe and welcome, and now we can ensure a much-needed upgrade to the front staircase and exterior that will make sure their arrival and entry into the Nursery is safe and welcoming as well,” says Danielle Ladouceur, CEO of Children’s Cottage Society.
Inn from the Cold
Inn from the Cold serves children and their families who face homelessness. Inn from the Cold opens its doors to all ethnicities, family types, and ages.
Grant funds will support the implementation of a security system in the Neoma building, adding security features to the second, third and fourth floors.
“With this donation, CREB® is helping us ensure the safety of all the children and families who will call Neoma home through the installation of a security system in our new building,” says Heather Morley, Executive Director at Inn from the Cold. “Keeping families safe in times of crisis is a priority at Inn from the Cold, and this grant will make a world of difference to the families we serve each day.”