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.
About Avenue 15
Avenue 15 is Located in the heart of downtown Calgary, the youth shelter may not look like much from the outside, but what it provides to the residents is phenomenal. The program coordinator explains that the residents have considerably varied pasts, and all cases must be handled in a unique manner. Street youth are often the product of physical or sexual abuse. Without adequate social adjustment, many of them find solace in a life on the streets. Free from abuse, but also free of responsibility and structure, the street life can be rather attractive. Kids will band together and for many it’s the first time they feel like they belong. It can be a big step for them to turn around and seek refuge from this life. After an emergency closure due to a flood a couple of years ago, a simultaneous reassessment of the program occurred. Changes were implemented to better reflect the needs of the teens. That was the beginning of the Loft, Link, and Launch program model. Each facet has a designated area within the Avenue 15 building.