Over 20 Years of Giving
The spirit of giving to those less fortunate has been a part of Glencoe culture since 1992 when employees of the aquatics department adopted a family in need. The following year, they adopted three families and Glencoe departments joined in. Food, clothing and gifts were collected and distributed. Members asked if they could help, too. In 1994, the Art Department organized and re-branded the Christmas charity program to Project Angel. Since then, we have donated to or adopted families and homeless youth referred by Women in Need, YWCA, Kids Help Phone, Inn From The Cold, Servants Anonymous, Veterans Food Bank, Exit, Woods Homes and Avenue 15. The Glencoe’s Charity of Choice is The Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary, as mandated by the Board. We continue to support Avenue 15, a facility and program that provides vulnerable youth with temporary shelter and basic needs, as well as a comprehensive support system to assist them in reuniting with their families or finding alternative living arrangements. It’s located within a few blocks of our neighbourhood, which makes giving feel very close to home. Since our first Christmas sponsoring them, we have established close ties with the program coordinators. We communicate with the centre year-round to learn about changing needs.
The BGGC organizes and hosts their annual corporate fundraising gala here at the Glencoe, but Project Angel is organized by Glencoe employees and supported by both employees and members. Project Angel encompasses mini fundraising projects run by each department, all for the greater cause. These efforts support a smaller segment of the overall charity. Every year, we elevate awareness of Project Angel with a month-long, members-targeted campaign during the Christmas season. This typically sparks an incredible outpour of generosity from our membership, helping us deliver outstanding charitable support. Many generous Glencoe families currently participate in Project Angel and each year, more individuals, families and friends discover the joy of giving. Charitable giving is a terrific way to bring the family together. We have created a number of ways to give, both large and small, to help make this holiday special for someone in need. So get involved!
This year, Avenue 15 has asked to change our giving habits to be more specific to the needs of the shelter. Our previous generosity was always overwhelming and they just do not have the room to store the many items donated. We have revamped Project Angel to create various levels of help you may provide with each level being designated to specific needs of the shelter. You can choose one level or multiple levels or as many you want. Below, you can see what that particular monetary donation can provide for. Any denomination of cash donations are gratefully appreciated.
What Project Angel Supports
In the past, we have supplied many, many backpacks filled with the necessities for survival on the street, comfort packages for those living in the shelter and moving out supplies for the older teens. We also raised funds to supply them with a commercial washer and dryer, TVs, stacking chairs, new industrial laminate flooring, paint and labour to refreshen the walls, hundreds of bus tickets, gift cards for clothing, food, haircuts, activities, as well as, cash for operating expenses of the shelter and clothing from our Pro Shop.
A little food for thought …
- In 2016, 5,804 bed nights were provided through BBGG youth homeless shelters.
- 82% of the youth at Avenue 15 were discharged to transitional housing or permanent housing.
- From the 507 youth who called the 828-Hope line in 2016, 87% reported an increase in stability last year
- The average length of stay in Infinity Housing First program for the 2016/2017 year was 586 days.
- Young people who are homeless (13-24) make up approximately 20% of the homeless population in Canada
- In Calgary, on any given night, over 300 youth are experiencing homelessness.
- Alberta has experienced success in addressing homelessness through the 10-Year Plan.
- Since its inception in 2009, more than 9,865 homeless Albertans have received housing and support and approximately 73% remain successfully housed, but we can do more.
How Your Contributions Can Help
so the shelter employees can give the transient youth a meal gift card
funds will be used by the shelter to pay for movie nights, swimming, leisure centre passes, Stampede passes, Heritage Park/Zoo/Spark Centre passes, etc, as needed. Kids are kids and want to do fun things, too.
A youth bus pass for a month so they can get to school or a job
private counselling sessions to help the youth deal with possible, drug, alcohol, abuse situations
for a youth who is new to the shelter. This pack includes bus passes, bedding, winter clothing, access to counselling and hygiene items
$200 a Safe Night in the LOFT
One night stay in the LOFT includes a hot meal, warm socks, a cot and pillow for the night, resource and support referrals, breakfast, snack to go.
counsellors will take the youth shopping and purchase the pyjamas, underwear and clothing specific to the youth’s size requirements
you can help a youth transition to independent living. This pack includes sheets, pillows and duvet, pots and pans, bus tickets and resources to help find employment
a bed, table, couch, tv for youth venturing out on their own
pays for a damage deposit and first month’s rent for a youth who is going to begin living independently after transitioning from homelessness
$2000/month LINK Shelter
cost of the basic needs to provide shelter for a live-in youth having a bedroom, food, clothing and counselling for one month.