SAFE HOUSing AT THE SHELTER
AT DISCOVERY HOUSE
The Discovery House building is located in Calgary, Alberta, with an undisclosed address to ensure client safety. It contains 19 individual apartments, community spaces, and the Discovery House offices. It is close to neighbourhood schools, a pool and shopping, with easy access to public transportation. There is a double locked door that is patrolled 24 hours with cameras and security.
Our apartment clients come to us through a shared intake program – a streamlined collaboration between the Brenda Strafford Society, The Sonshine Centre and Discovery House. When leaving an emergency shelter, the shared intake program allows a client to be interviewed and have her needs assessed once rather than 3 times. This approach reduces stress and means that vacancies are quickly filled across multiple second stage shelters.
Our units are furnished and utilities are covered, but our clients do pay rent. Families buy their own groceries and our partnership with the Food Bank and local businesses allows us to help supplement our clients’ kitchens with dry goods, non-perishables, bread and fresh produce from community gardens.
Our apartments have secure, indoor parking as well as laundry rooms on each
floor. Shared community spaces are enjoyed by all and include:
A common room, with a TV and couches, where clients can host birthday parties, share meals and participate in programming.
A secure outdoor courtyard, with a playground, community garden, seating area and picnic tables.
A cozy computer room, with two computers for tutoring or client paperwork.
A safe and secure child and youth centre staffed with child development workers. Here kids access toys, books and craft supplies. The centre has direct access to the courtyard for outdoor play.
A small library with books for all ages. This space includes a corner stocked with after-hours emergency supplies, including diapers and pantry items.