ABOUT OUR HISTORY

Discovery House was founded in 1980 as the first post-emergency women's shelter in Calgary. Over more than 35 years, our programs and services have evolved to meet the ever-changing needs of women and children. Our five-year plan is focused on measuring on success in three strategic priority areas: Service, Sustainability and Leadership.

 

2017 SHE'S SO BRAVE

In 2017 Discovery House posed the question, “What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done?” The answers became the basis for a photographic exhibit that was launched at the Glenbow Museum in November. The show will travel to raise awareness throughout 2018.

 
2016 BRAND REFRESH

Discovery House unveils a new logo and tagline, opening the door on domestic violence.

2015 LEADERSHIP RENEWAL

Monique Auffrey is appointed Interim Executive Director of Discovery House. She launches an ambitious community and partner campaign to end domestic violence in Calgary.

2013 GROWTH CONTINUES

The Community Housing Program triples the number of clients it supports within four years, driven by increased funding from the Calgary Homeless Foundation and donors.

 
2010 30-YEARS OF MEANING

Discovery House celebrates 30 years of providing safe and secure shelter while empowering women to leave domestic violence behind.

 
2009 PROGRAM LAUNCHES

The Community Housing Program (CHP) launched as a collaborative pilot between the Calgary Homeless Foundation and other shelters and community organizations. Using the Housing First model, we help women find stable housing directly in the community. 

2008 SERVICE DELIVERY 

A five-year strategic plan is developed based on Leadership, Quality, and Sustainability. 

2004 GRAND OPENING

Construction of the new facility is complete with space to accommodate 19 families. 

2001–2002 CAMPAIGNING FOR A NEW HOME

Discovery House embarks on a campaign to raise $6.5 million to build a new facility and expand services. 

1989 MORE FOR CHILD & YOUTH 

Discovery House offers individual and group counselling for children who experience or witness violence in their families. 

1984 ON THE MOVE​​

Discovery House doubles its capacity, relocating to a facility with 14 furnished apartments.

1980 OPENING OUR DOORS 

The Calgary Family Support Society opens Discovery House, the first long-term shelter for abused women in Calgary and one of the first of its kind in Canada. 

DISCOVERY HOUSE FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION SOCIETY, 2018 – ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Charitable Registration #11882 3483 RR0001  |  Alberta Societies Act Registration #50249381