Grande Prairie & Area Social Services & Resources
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Homelessness & Housing
Affordable housing, shelters, housing subsidies in Grande Prairie & area
Grande Prairie Mobile Outreach Program (MOP)
The Mobile Outreach Program (MOP) is a diversion program focused on mitigating the impacts of street level social disorder, addiction and public intoxication. The program is intended to provide immediate support for a client’s basic needs and navigation through local service systems such as emergency shelters, health care, addictions treatment and housing.
SERVICES WE PROVIDE
- Response to community
- Improved access to social services
- Transportation to a safe place
- Connect clients to community resources (addictions and mental health services, housing resources)
- Basic supplies (water, snacks, information)
- Assist with client appointments
- Regular check in with clients
- Positive relationships
Community Social Development - Street Survival Guide
The Street Survival Guide is a quick guide to connect individuals experiencing homelessness in Grande Prairie to community resources. It covers everything from shelters and meals to mental health and counselling to legal resources and financial assistance and much more.
View the website to download a digital copy or pick-up a free, hard-copy version at the Community Social Development office (10030 102 Avenue). French copies are also available.
Grande Spirit Foundation
Representing 12 municipalities and with over 100 dedicated staff, the Grande Spirit Foundation (GSF) provides reasonably priced housing, quality care and dignity to seniors and families in the Grande Prairie area.
The GSF was formed in 1960, although the commitment to housing and caring for area Seniors Citizens goes back to just after the Second World War. The municipal leaders of the region decided that a home for the Seniors Citizens of the area was needed, and in 1949 the first home was built.
CMHA - Willow Place
Constructed in 2003, Willow Place is a 57 unit apartment building for individuals with mental health conditions. CMHA-ANWR operates the building where residents live independently in studio suite apartments.
To become a resident of Willow Place, you must qualify for affordable housing, be able to pay rent, and live independently with support. For more information, please call us.
Centerpoint Facilitation - Integrated Coordinated Access
Integrated Coordinated Access is a one-stop option for people experiencing homelessness or housing instability to find the housing service they need in Grande Prairie. Call 780-518-4833 for more information about options for you.
The Oasis is a safe and affordable housing option offering 20 multi-sized units to the City of Grande Prairie, ranging from bachelor to single and two-bedroom units.
Sunrise House - Youth House
Operating as Sunrise House we provide emergency shelter to youth ages 12-17 who have become or are at risk of becoming homeless. We provide a safe and supportive environment encouraging healthy decision making and to strengthen coping skills.
Youth come into our care for many reasons including family violence, addiction in the home, physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, sexual exploitation, and family breakdown. Each story is as unique as the youth who tells it, therefore individual case plans are created with each individual. Sunrise House is open 24 hours/day, 7 days/week – while in shelter youth are provided with food, clothing, and personal care items.
Odyssey House Grande Prairie - Serenity House Supportive Housing
Tragically, freedom from violence is a long road. A few weeks in a shelter isn’t enough to heal the scars of abuse, or to lay a foundation for an independent life. With that in mind, we built a Transitional Supportive Second-Stage Shelter, Serenity Place, a new 14-unit apartment building to meet that larger need. We offer 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom apartments with the help of our ‘flex units.’ Each apartment is fully furnished with all the necessities from furniture, bedding, dishes, etc. Utilities included in the rent. Rent is based on the Alberta Works Core Funding for Shelter or 30% of their income. Pets are allowed. Women can apply to stay for anywhere from six to twenty-four months, depending on their unique circumstances.
Hythe Pioneer Homes
We are a non-profit organization with a long history of providing housing and promoting independence, dignity and quality of life for seniors and the disabled.
We offer quality living that provides social and recreational activities, access to counselling and home care services, and emotional support and security. All of our services support independent living, which enhances human dignity and strengthens social and community ties.
We offer a range of service options that enable the resident to make choices in customizing their accommodation and care needs, including a 86 room lodge for assisted living, with an in-house pharmacist and medical clinic; 32 seniors’ apartments for independent seniors as well as two affordable 4-plex housing units for low-income families.
Rotary House offers a 2-tiered 24/7/365 shelter service including an intox day program, overnight emergency beds, and transitional supportive units. Our facility, extensive services and compassionate support allow us to help individuals with a unique blend of needs.
Providing help for today, and hope for tomorrow.
Food services in Grande Prairie & area
Salvation Army GP - Community Kitchen
For anyone who needs a meal – all ages, all genders. Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. The Community Kitchen Project is a collaborative effort between The Salvation Army of Grande Prairie and The Grande Prairie Friendship Centre to merge their two existing and independently operated, hot meal programs.
Meals on Wheels- Grande Prairie
Sexsmith and Area Food Bank
We are temporarily being housed in “The Oasis” at Grace Bible Fellowship. We the food bank hope you are all doing well during the Covid 19 quarantine. Please know if you need help we are here for you. Contact Naomi Robinson with FCSS at 780-296-0939.
We are open on Wednesdays for client pick up 6-8 p.m. after you have gotten in touch with Naomi and she will give you an appointment time during those hours when to come. If you would like to drop off food. Please send a message on here and we will coordinate with you a time for drop off. Thanks for being apart of this wonderful community and area!
wellington resource centre - food bank (clairmont)
Open on Wednesdays from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please call for appointment. Provided in partnership with the Sexsmith and Area Foodbank.
Hythe and District Food Bank Society
COVID-19: Gives food for those in need. Thank you for your patience at this time. All regions are reacting, as possible and as needed, given the current restrictions and situations.
GPAC - The Pantry
The Pantry is a food ministry that helps working families in our area by offsetting food costs. Drop off non-perishable food items and/or household items in the bin outside the door of The Pantry and help us support these families.
Here are our Top 10 Items we always need:
- Hand-soap Pump
- Laundry Detergent
- Meat (All Varieties)
- Stew (Canned)
- Pasta Sauce
- Tetra Juice (1 Litre Pack)
- Toilet Paper
- Paper Towel
Beaverlodge Food Bank
Beaverlodge Christmas Hamper & Food Bank. Food Banks Alberta is the provincial association of food banks in Alberta with a mission to strengthen the impact of the Food Banks Alberta network by sharing best practices, innovations, and essential resources between members, stakeholders, and community partners. We are comprised of 88 member food banks across Alberta.
GP Friendship Centre - Community Kitchen
Daily hot meals for anyone in the community.
Service listings related to domestic violence in Grande Prairie & area
Odyssey House Grande Prairie
Odyssey House is a non-profit organization and registered charity. We provide safe, secure, and supportive accommodation for women and their children who are victims of domestic violence, are in crisis, or in need of a housing alternative. Odyssey House is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
In the 2018/2019 year, we supported 297 women and 164 children at our emergency shelter. We facilitated 140 groups attended by 900 people. Our Trauma counselors provided 216 hours of therapy to 80 individuals. Our second stage shelter supported 25 women and 27 children. We delivered 385 presentations with a total of 6379 individuals in attendance. Our Family Resource Centre had 1720 visits to the program and provided a total of 5125 hours of programming to children that are accessing services. We had 3,386 calls to the crisis line.
Pace - Family Support
Provides home-based, family-centred, trauma-informed, and child-focused parenting support services when a more intensive level of ongoing support and/or monitoring is required to ensure the safe and healthy development of children in the home.
Beaverlodge Victim Services
Beaverlodge Victim Services provides immediate support, pratical infomation and useful resources to victims of crime and tragedy. Our program provides services to Beaverlodge, Wembley, LaGlace, Hythe, Valhalla, Elmworth, HorseLake and the surrounding county residents.
Grande Prairie & District Victim Services
The mission of Grande Prairie and District Victim Services is to provide a highly-skilled, compassionate level of service to any victim of crime or tragedy through our dedicated staff and trained volunteers. Our Victim Services Unit is a policed-based, non-profit, charitable society that works with the RCMP to provide support, information, and referrals to Grande Prairie and District residents during times of crisis, trauma, or tragedy, whether they are victims of crime, sudden death or family crisis.
Mental Health & Addictions
Service listings and resources related to mental health and addictions in Grande Prairie & area
Northern Addictions Centre
Grande Prairie Police and Crisis Team (PACT)
The PACT Team is available for mental health emergencies in Grande Prairie between 9 am and 9 pm, 7 days per week. The PACT Team is one RCMP officer and one nurse who can come and meet you or someone you care about in an emergency situation. They will assess the situation and provide:
- A referral to the most helpful service
- Transport to the hospital when needed
To contact, call 911 and ask for the Grande Prairie PACT Team. Say “Someone is suicidal”.
Northreach - Harm Reduction
The Grande Prairie Needle Distribution Program is accessible in three ways.
Office: Safer inhalation Supplies (foil, bulb pipes, straight pipes), Safer Injection Supplies (Needles, steri-cups, sterile water, citric, ties, filters, alcohol swabs and sharps containers) and Naloxone is available during regular business hours.
Outreach: The outreach teams carries safer injection supplies, naloxone, and foil on weekday afternoon and evening outreach to the downtown core.
Pharmacies: Safer Injection packs are made to include ten needles, steri-cups, sterile water, citric, filters, alcohol swabs, and three different ties. Smaller needle disposal bins are also available at pharmacies as well. Participating pharmacies are found on our website – www.northreach.ca
Alcoholics Anonymous - Grande Prairie
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions.
CMHA - Mobile Addictions Outreach
Mobile Addictions Outreach (MAO) provides street-level front line services to the people of Grande Prairie experiencing homelessness, substance addictions and mental health issues. Our MAO staff provide one to one service through referrals and cold calls they receive from the community. They work closely with other agencies within our community.
Resource Centre for Suicide Prevention
Our Vision is:
To reduce suicide, suicidal behaviour, and their effects, by promoting positive alternatives and healthy coping skills.
Our Mission is:
To Listen to people’s stories and help them find hope and support through increased coping skills and healthy behaviours.
To Raise Awareness and understanding of head health and to promote open dialogue in our community about mental health issues.
To Support those who have suffered loss to suicide help them find understanding and strength to move forward.
To Teach how to ask about suicidal thoughts and to reach out to help friends and family members find the support and resources they need to live healthy, productive lives.
If you are in crisis, please call the mental health help line
1-877-303-2642 24 Hours/7 Days A Week
If you need immediate help, call 911
If you are 20 or under, call the kids help phone 1-800-668-6868
CFS - Family/Community Liaison Program
The family/community liaison program is designed to offer support for children, youth, families and school staff with the general goal of improving the student’s personal, social and academic success. Our liaisons can assist students with problem-solving skills and the ability to provide support and resources to students, teachers and caregivers.
CFS - Sliding Fee Scale
CFS offers a sliding fee scale to clients who do not have health insurance, cannot afford to pay full fee for services, or have insurance that does not cover certain services. The sliding fee scale is not accessible to other agencies. Clients covered by insurance/benefits must utilize full benefits prior to the sliding fee scale assessments. Insurance fees are $100/per session
Contact: 780-532-9381 or firstname.lastname@example.org
County of Grande praire - community liaison program
Students and families having trouble at home or school can access information and support from the Community School Liaison Program. We work together to help students and families thrive by learning new skills or getting the support they need. We have community school liaison counsellors in many schools in the County.
You can trust the skills and knowledge of our counsellors. They have professional training and are members of the Alberta Association of Family and School Liaison Workers. For more information you can e-mail the Community School Liaison team or reach by phone at 780-532-9727.
ACT Medical Centre
Our mandate is to provide a holistic treatment, counselling and physician services for patients with opiate addiction and mental health issues with the goal of a healthy Alberta. Our care providers work with community support groups to ensure a stigma-free environment that encourages flexibility in meeting the needs of all individuals, regardless of their ethnicity, religion, gender, age, or socioeconomic status.
All Grande Prairie PCN programs and services, including the After-Hours Clinic, Persistent Pain Program, Primary Care Support Program, and GP PCN Administration are located at 104-11745 105 Street in the Oak Ridge Business Centre near the entrance to Royal Oaks.
At some point in our lives we all have stressful times. We can be impacted by such things as financial pressures, unexpected difficulties, unemployment, or stressful situations such as the current outbreak of the COVID-19.
Support is available from Alberta Health Services (AHS) Addiction and Mental Health, although how the services are provided may have changed.
AHS has resources and services, such as Text4Hope and Togetherall, available to help you or someone you know. Remember, if you are struggling you are not alone. There are supports in place to help you.
Training & Education
Training & education programs in Grande Prairie & area
Grande Prairie Family Education Society
Our programs are voluntary, and there is no fee for service. If you are not sure which program would be best for you, call us and we can help you decide.
Our Vision: All families thrive: Supported~Connected~Resilient
Grande Prairie Public Library
Provides public library service to the City of Grande Prairie and region.
Various resources and information available for helping with different needs, such as:
- Free Wi-Fi and public computer access. Wi-Fi is available 24/7.
- Climate controlled building: Warm place to be on cold days and in poor weather, air-conditioned in the summer.
- Naloxone kits are available on site.
- AED (automated external defibrillator) on site.
- Project Full Stop is an ongoing initiative at the library to combat Period Poverty. Free period products in all GPPL washrooms.
Working/doing school from home due to the pandemic? Wi-Fi hubs & Chromebooks are available through our Library of Things!”
Grande Prairie Council for Lifelong Learning
The Council for Lifelong Learning is a leader in providing literacy and adult learning programs and services as well as personal opportunities for all adults and families.
South Peace Rural Community Learning Association
BASIC LITERACY FOR ADULTS.
Volunteer tutor program – Reading, Writing, Math, English, Communication, Computers, Workplace essential skills
Community Adult Learning
COMMUNITY ADULT LEARNING
We are your rural providers of lifelong learning opportunities! We offer a wide range of programming/courses.
PLAY, LEARN AND GROW TOGETHER
Join us for free programs to help your child learn. Call us at: 780-897-4365
Grande Prairie Legal Guidance
To improve access to justice by increasing the scope and availability of pro bono legal services for people of limited means ineligible for Legal Aid in Grande Prairie and surrounding communities.
GPRC - Inclusive Post-Secondary Education
Inclusive post-secondary education is an agreement between Inclusion Alberta and Grande Prairie Regional College. Through inclusive post-secondary education, Grande Prairie Regional College supports students with developmental disabilities to realize and achieve their educational and career goals.
Grande Prairie Regional College
GPRC has many connections to the community through services and events. Our facilities cater to everyone. From musicians mixing in the recording studio, climbers belaying in the climbing gym, theatregoers taking in a musical stage production, and summer campers building lego projects.
AHS - Speech and Language Services
Provides assessment, treatment, programs, and education for children and adults who have, or are at risk of developing, communication delays or disorders. Assessment and treatment of swallowing problems is also offered.
Contact: (780) 513-8126
Community & Belonging
Service and resource listings related to community & belonging in Grande Prairie & area
GP County FCSS - Home Support Program
Provides in-home support services for families and individuals. Our program serves residents in the County, including all Hamlets as well as the Town of Wembley.
The home support program can provide:
- Light housekeeping
- Meal preparation
- Home management and budgeting
- Drive clients to appointments and shopping
- Relief for caregivers
- Information and referrals to other community programs and agencies.
The fee for these services is on a sliding scale, determined by income. There is no charge for an assessment.
To book an assessment contact the Homes Support Coordinator at 780-532-9727, or by email.
Wellington Resource Centre
The Wellington Resource Centre (WRC), attached to the Clairmont Community School located at 10407 97 Street in Clairmont, is a partnership between Peace Wapiti School Division 76 and the County of Grande Prairie. Programs offered by Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) in the WRC focus on promoting the healthy development of children and families; and improving the quality of life for families, seniors, youth, children and adults.
City of Grande Prairie - Home Support Program
The Home Support Program is for families and individuals experiencing disruptions to normal family routine making it difficult to maintain and manage a healthy home.
Services may be provided when:
- Aging interferes with ability to manage/ maintain home.
- Emotional stress impacts coping and ability to function.
- Health issues are evident
Services may include:
- Basic light housekeeping
- Scheduled Transportation
- Short Term Respite Care Companioning
- Household Coaching
- Meal Planning and Preparation
Fees are based on the client’s monthly household income and determined at the time of assessment. Subsidized rates may be offered. For more information and an in-home assessment, please contact Home Support Coordinator at 780-357-8753.
Council on Aging - Seniors Outreach
Seniors Outreach is your “One Stop Shop for Information”. We have experienced staff members that keep up to date on all the latest information, benefits and services available. Contact us with any need that a senior may have – we can help with:
- providing general senior-related information
- developing customized senior-centered service plans
- finding resources or making referrals to external agencies
- assisting with applications for provincial income supports & federal pensions*
- assisting with health and wellness program applications
preparing taxes for low income seniors
*When a person turns 65 all pensions and benefits must be applied for both Federal and Provincial. We have access to all the forms and we assist seniors with applying for these benefits to be sure that they accessing every program that is available to them.
GP Transit - Accessible Transportation
Accessible Transportation is provided by the City of Grande Prairie through the Transit Department. Grande Prairie Accessible Transit (GPAT) is an accessible, door-to-door shared transit service for people with permanent or temporary disabilities that prevent them from using fixed-route transit without assistance from another person. GPAT picks you up at your accessible door and drops you off at the accessible door of your destination. Customers must first register, at no charge, for this program.
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