HOPE LIVES HERE

Resources for Pregnant & Parenting Youth

Calgary offers a number of supports to pregnant and parenting youth.
Please see below for resources in the community.

CAREER and EDUCATION

School Programming (Louise Dean Centre)

Phone: 403-777-7630

A rogram sponsored by Calgary Board of Education for pregnant and parenting students, grades 7 to 12. Current school fees apply and registration is quarterly. Basic curriculum with some options, as well as classes in parenting, pre and postnatal care, health, childcare and development. Eligibility: Pregnant and parenting students, grades 7 to 12.

Youth Employment Centre

Phone: 403-268-2490

An employment resource for youth. Providing employment services, job boards, career planning and much more.

GEN A

Phone: 1-877-483-2562

GenA is an employment service provided by Prospect Human Services for the next generation of Albertans, aged 18-30. GenA will give youth the one on one guidance, connections to employers and the resources they need to jumpstart their careers, at no cost. This rapid placement program is perfect for those unsure of what to do next, graduates who are struggling to join the industries they’ve trained for, and those who are stuck in “survival” jobs without a career path.

GenA also offers a workplace skill development component for those who have limited work experience or have had trouble keeping their jobs. This innovative approach uses the medium of art to teach and practice valuable workplace skills. This project runs 2 days a week for 8 week periods.

Discovering Choices

Phone: 403-268-3265

Discovering Choices is a Calgary Board of Education High School outreach program. We offer courses based on Alberta Education high school curriculum and work experience opportunities. Our enrollment includes students who are between 15 and 19 years old as of September 1st.

PREGNANCY & PARENTING

Best Beginning (AHS)

Phone: 403-228-8221

Provides information and support to pregnant females including; one-to-one and group support, cooking groups, facilitated discussions of prenatal topics, referrals to community support agencies, milk coupons, bus tickets, and referrals for food hampers, dental referrals and family planning counselling.

CARYA

Phone: 403-269-9888

Full spectrum of interactive counselling and development services for people of all ages — from babies to youth to older adults — and their support network.

Calgary Pregnancy Care Centre

Phone: 403-269-3110

Facing an unplanned pregnancy can be confusing and overwhelming, even when you have a strong network of support around you. It gets even harder when you are alone. Our peer counselors are here to listen. We are available to discuss all your options — adoption, parenting, and abortion — in a caring, respectful environment.

Families Matter

Phone: 403-205-5178

Provide families with education, support and promoting community understanding of parenting issues through public awareness and advocacy.

HOUSING

Calgary Housing Company

Phone: 587-390-1200

CHC operates and manages over 10,000 subsidized and affordable housing units and has a variety of housing options for low-income households including duplexes, townhouses and high-rise apartments.

CUPS

Phone: 403-717-0922

CUPS operates three housing programs: Key Case ManagementGraduated Rent Program, and Community Development. CUPS adopts a housing first philosophy which provides housing stability to participants so that other causes of poverty in their lives can be focused on and addressed.

We may not be able to provide you with housing, but we will do our best to find resources and programs that can help you.

Elizabeth House

Phone: 403-228-9724

Elizabeth House provides a residential program for single, pregnant/parenting teenage girls. It helps young women make positive choices that will benefit them and their children now and in the future by offering a safe and caring home, a holistic life-skills program, and appropriate referrals. Catholic faith affiliation is not a requirement.

Eligibility: single young women (ages 16 – 23); pregnant or parenting (infants – 3 years); attending a day program – e.g. school, employment, volunteer (or open to making these plans).

Emma House

Calgary Pregnancy Care Centre: 403-269-3111

24-hour Hotline: 403-269-3110

Emma House provides shelter and support to homeless pregnant women. It provides support to mothers and their unborn and newly-born children and helps them experience hope for the future. Christian faith affiliation is not a requirement.

Mary Dover House

Phone: 403-263 1550

Provides 94 beds of safe and low-cost shelter to single women and women with children who experience homelessness and poverty. In addition, the YWCA Mary Dover House offers 6 beds dedicated exclusively for emergency situations.

A safe refuge is the critical first step to working with our clients to achieve life change. On site at YWCA Mary Dover House are case management staff and support services which work to intervene and guide clients to the resources and assistance to plan what comes next.

COUNSELLING

Calgary Counselling Centre

Phone: 403-691-5991

Rates are based on a sliding scale, and a wide ranging of counselling services is offered. Available for individuals, couples, families, and groups.

Catholic Family Services

Phone: 403-233-2360

A wide range of counselling, education and community outreach programs to equip people with the knowledge and skills to deal with issues and live life to its fullest. Focus areas include Mental Health and Well-being, Empowering Parents, Healthy Children and Success in School.

CCASA (Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse)

24-hour Hotline & Information: 403-237-5888

The primary sexual assault and sexual abuse crisis and education service provider for Calgary and surrounding areas.

CCASA provides specialized and individualized services to address the needs of sexual abuse and sexual assault survivors, their significant others, and the broader community. CCASA provides safe, accessible, professional services, for people of all races, abilities, religions, sexual orientations.

Distress Centre

24-hour Hotline: 403-266-4357

Provides 24-hour support, free crisis counselling and resource referral services to Calgary and the surrounding area. The agency is built around the belief that anyone can experience crisis. It’s not up to us to define what the crisis is—it’s different for everyone. We don’t judge. We’re here to listen and connect you with the help you need.

Everyone has a right to help when they need it. To ensure support is accessible and available, we offer services 24 hours a day, free of charge. Our programs act as a gateway to professional help, peer support or a network of social agencies. Whatever the problem may be, a call to Distress Centre is often a first step towards a solution.

Eastside Family Centre

Phone: 403-299-9696; eastsidecommunityresourceteam@woodshomes.ca

If you are having a problem within your family, or otherwise, and don’t know what to do, please call either the telephone number below or send an email.  A counsellor is available to speak with you.

Enhanced Addiction Services for Women (AHS)

Phone: 403-297-3071

Enhanced Services for Women (ESW) provides special prevention and treatment services for women who are pregnant or at risk of becoming pregnant and are using alcohol and/or other drugs. ESW counsellors work closely with each woman in caring for her unique physical and emotional health needs, linking her with appropriate health and social service agencies and community groups.

Leap Project

Struggling with Depression?

Feeling withdrawn from friends and family? Dealing with fatigue and low energy? Leap project may be able to help you. It is an online course designed to help youth who are suffering with depression. Videos on youtube, music, books, blogging, and more are used as tools to help manage  depression.

Native Counselling Services

Phone: 403-237-7850

Provides healing and harmony to the Aboriginal community through a variety of avenues, covering everything from programs that prevent youth recruitment into street gangs, family and community wellness programming to legal education, national health campaigns, video production and community-based research, while establishing a province-wide presence through an extensive network of regional and branch offices.

HEALTH

Alberta Health Services

24-hour Health Link: 1-866-408-5465

Offers education and information in a variety of formats including online, classes, books, and pamphlets. Also allows you to search for family doctors in your area. A variety of health and wellness needs. Link to important phone numbers for services.

Calgary Sexual Health Centre

Phone: 403-283-5580
Email: generalmail@cbca.ab.ca

Counselling and referral: All services are confidential. Information and counselling regarding unplanned pregnancy. Options include parenting, abortion and adoption, as well as birth control, sexually transmitted disease, and sexual decision making. Free pregnancy tests are available on a drop-in basis. Post-abortion counselling and various support groups are offered. No fee.

CUPS Women’s Health Centre

Phone: 403-221-8790

  • General health care for any man, woman or child who lives in poverty
  • Blood tests and vaccinations
  • Pre-natal and post-natal care for mothers
  • Visiting medical specialists in psychiatry, neurology, rheumatology, optometry and hepatitis C care
  • Mental health care for adults receiving health care at CUPS or low income adults (must be referred by a CUPS’ doctor) while on the waitlist for Access Mental Health services
  • Shared Care Mental Health offers: emotionally supportive counselling; psychiatric assessment and follow-up; medication support and prescriptions; referrals for addictions counselling, supported mental health housing, OT assessments, financial support, and to other mental health support agencies and programs; and consultations with and referrals to other agencies, hospitals and hospital programs (includes treatment programs and hospital discharge planning)

Health Link Calgary

Toll Free: 1-866-408-5465

Talk to a Registered Nurse 24 hours a day. Advice for any health concern.

The Alex

Phone: 403-266-2622

Offers primary healthcare, above and beyond traditional services. Includes: chiropractic care, physiotherapy, massage therapy, a youth drop-in centre, a breastfeeding clinic, and nutrition support.

OTHER COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Interfaith Food Bank

Phone: 403-253-2055

WINS (Women In Need Society)

Phone: 403-255-5102

Women’s Centre of Calgary

Phone: 403-264-1155