A hub for vulnerable Calgarians, The Alex offers health, housing, and food programs to support our neighbours. The Alex serves a community with complex health and social needs, often the result of issues such as poverty, trauma, homelessness, or addiction. $17,271.50 from the COVID-19 Community Response Fund will go toward helping vulnerable adults living on a low income, and another $17,271.50 will be used to help support seniors.
$75,000 from The Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund will help The Alex increase their mental health clinical team to support the increased need for counselling services that they have seen in the community. A portion of funding will also be used to maintain a clean, safe, secure, and healthy site for staff and community members.
The Alex Community Food Centre (CFC) is a welcoming place for people to come together to grow, cook, share, and advocate for good food for all. The CFC provides people with access to high-quality food in a dignified setting through healthy meals and an affordable produce market. With $50,000 from The Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund, The Alex Community Food Centre will be able to continue providing high-quality meals and affordable produce while offering multi-faceted, integrated, and responsive programming through safe and appropriate means.
Another $45,000 from the COVID-19 Community Response Fund will go toward helping the organization adapt programming so that vulnerable clients can access it remotely, staying home, staying connected, and still supported. This includes support for kitchen/food infrastructure to scale up food security work and funds to provide food, basic needs, hygiene, self-isolation supports, technology, and activities to community members in need.