Food & Shelter

  
  

Alberta Supports & Alberta Works

Alberta Supports can help you access more than 30 programs and 120 community services for:

·         seniors

·         employment

·         homelessness

·         financial needs

·         children and youth

·         parents and families

·         people with disabilities

·         guardianship and trusteeship

·         abuse, bullying and family violence prevention

Alberta Supports Centres have suspended in-person services until further notice. If you are currently receiving benefits or services and need assistance, call your caseworker or local office from Monday to Friday, between 8:15 am to 4:30 pm. All other enquiries, call the Alberta Supports Contact Centre at 1-877-644-9992

Online application can be completed at:

 https://myalbertasupports.alberta.ca/CitizenPortal/application.do

Phone: 1-877-644-9992 toll-free Alberta-wide (hours of operation are 7:30 am to 8 pm, Monday to Friday. Help is available in more than 100 languages)

Medicine Hat Alberta Job Corps: 403-529-3995 
Medicine Hat Alberta Works Centre: 403-529-3683

Brooks Alberta Works Centre: 403-362-1278 




Cantara House (Brooks Alberta Safe Shelter)

​Offers services for men, women or families in or exposed to abusive relationships; for others who are concerned about someone, and for anyone wanting a better understanding of abusive relationships.

Cantara Outreach Information

24 Hour Crisis Line 403-793-2232 (Walk-in appointments also available)

Admin 403-362-2766

Fax 403-793-8288


Community Food Connections Association

Community Food Connections Association is a non-profit organization comprised of volunteers, agencies and citizens concerned about food, nutrition, health, social justice, the environment and local agriculture. We share a common goal of improving the quality of life for EVERYONE and believe healthy food is a right for all.  

Our main initiatives include the following community groups available in Medicine Hat and Redcliff: 

The Good Food Club: Offers anyone in the communities of Medicine Hat & Redcliff the opportunity to purchase fresh, local when possible, fruits and vegetables at wholesale prices. This program is currently running with limited depots due to COVID-19, please call for more information. 

Good Food Club Membership Application Form


Community Kitchens: A group of people who get together on a regular basis to cook healthy, low cost meals. Groups may focus on basic food skills, food types, or cooking techniques. Kitchens can be based around the interests and needs of the group, such as food preferences or dietary restrictions.
Community Kitchen workshops are also held as a great way to learn skills that may seem intimidating to try on your own. You will be able to take home what you have prepared at the workshop. Workshops are typically held on a Saturday morning, and the average cost is $10/person. Please check the website for upcoming workshops. This program has been put on hold due to COVID-19. 

See website for a list of current kitchens available and their contact information (https://foodconnections.ca/kitchens)


Community Gardens: Provides a shared space for residents to grow their own vegetables, thereby enhancing both physical and emotional well-being. During the growing season they also offer opportunities for gardeners to participate in workshops or tours to learn about existing and new gardening practices. Upcoming events & workshops will be posted on their website. 

Community Garden Membership Application

Healthy Eating on a Budget presentation is available. 

See website or call 403-502-6096 for more information.

Food Bank

​Grocery Basket Program, Grocery Basket Room

Medicine Hat: 403-528-4313, ext 1
Oyen: 403-664-2255
Brooks & Bassano:  403-793-2535  http://brooksfoodbank.ca/ 
Bow Island: 403-957-1075

Healthy Eating Resources (AHS)

​These resources provide individuals, parents, families, child cares, schools and workplaces more guidance on healthy eating.

Holy Family Parish - St. Vincent de Paul

Financial assistance and programs. Located in Medicine Hat. Please call 403-527-6933.

McMan Youth, Family & Community Services

Meals on Wheels

Medicine Hat:

The Meals on Wheels Program is for those who are unable to make their own meals. Meals are delivered hot, Monday through Friday, with frozen meals available for the weekends. Meals are are delivered during our delivery window, between 9:30 am to 11:30 am by our trained volunteers

For more information, please call 403-525-8885 

Meals on Wheels Application Form

Meals on Wheels Brochure


For information about Meals on Wheels in other communities, please call the numbers below:
Oyen: 403-664-3661
Bassano: 403-641-3788

Brooks & District: 403-362-4131

Brooks Meals on Wheels Assessment Form
Bow Island: 403-545-2074

Medicine Hat Community Housing Society

​Affordable housing for families and individuals who have a low income. Qualifying incomes are defined by the Province of Alberta and outlined below according to the types of housing currently available.

 

Rent Supplements: If you are in need of ongoing financial assistance to pay your rent, you may qualify for one of two types of the MHCHS’s Private Market Rent Supplement program:

Phone 403-527-4507

 

Client to complete application and be accepted. 

Standard-Application.pdf

Medicine Hat Women's Shelter Society

If you or someone you know is impacted by family violence and in need of support, contact the Medicine Hat Women's Shelter Society.

Our 24/7 help line is 403-529-1091 or toll free at 1-800-661-7949 to available provide crisis support, safety planning, and information. Intake into programming and more information is also available by calling our administrative line at 403-527-8223.


Phoenix Safe House Emergency Shelter takes in both women and men, with or without children, fleeing from abuse. Both women and men can also do drop-in appointments with crisis workers.


Misspelled WordMusasa Second Stage Housing is a long-term (up to one year) safe accommodation for individuals and families that provides one-to-one and group supports, and connection to community supports/resources.


Outreach Services provides one-to-one and group supports for women, men, youth and children who have experienced or are experiencing violence in their homes. Outreach Services are located at #5 1036 – 7th ST. SW (The Ridge).  

Outreach group support has been put on hold due to COVID-19, please call for more information. 

Outreach support groups include:
- Seeds to Success Group:  A 6 week group to introduce individuals to group support and the value of groups.  Work will include information on family violence, introduction to groups and safety planning. 
- Journey to Hope and Healing Group:  A 9 week group for individuals who have experienced family violence and working towards healing themselves after abuse.  Topics include; information on family violence, guilt, shame and blame, safety planning, healthy relationships and boundaries.  Individuals are also offered one to one support during this process.

For more information about Outreach groups and services, call 403-527-8223 and asking to speak to the Outreach Program Manager.



Child & Youth Support: is available for children and youth who have experienced and/or witnessed family violence. Support and education are offered to youth, children and their parent(s) through groups, one-to-one or family sessions. 

Support groups include:
- Children’s Support Group:  This group runs weekly from September to June and is open to children ages 6 – 12 who have experienced family violence.  Subject material is based on education about family violence, safety planning, boundaries and coping skills.  The subjects are presented through child-oriented discussions, activities, games and crafts. This is an open group, so children can begin at any time in the year as long as there is space in the group.
- Growing Together:  This group is offered to parents and children. Parents go to an adult group and the children go to a children’s group.  Subject material is the same, but presented appropriate to their age.  During the last 15 minutes of the group, parent and child come together for an attachment
exercise.
- Youth Group: This group runs every other week from September to June and is open to youth 13 years and up who have experienced family violence.  Subject material is based on education about family violence, safety planning, boundaries and coping skills.  The subjects are presented through discussions, activities, games and crafts.  This is an open group, so youth can begin at any time in the year as long as there is space in the group.

For more information about these groups, and other Child & Youth programming, contact the Children’s Program Manager at 403-527-8223.

Miywasin Friendship Centre

​The Miywasin Society of Aboriginal Services is a non-profit Aboriginal organization that targets the needs of the Aboriginal community in the Medicine Hat area, and develops and maintains services to meet those needs.


Miywasin offers a variety of programs to the community at large, including Elder's and youth programming, Aboriginal cultural activities and events, transitional housing and counselling support.


Phone: 403.526.0756

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often tending to the basic necessities of life, provides shelter for homeless people and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an addiction. They also provide social and community service programs, which focus on nurturing the capacities, skills and strengths of individuals rather than just meeting their needs

 

Medicine Hat:

Community Church – 164 Stratton Way SE

Phone: 403-527-2474


Oasis Community Church – 476 4 Street SE

Phone: 403-548-3247


Centre of Hope (shelter) – 737-8 Street SE

Phone 403-526-9699

Crisis shelter services on a first come, first served basis. Open from 7:30pm - 7:30am to people 18 years and older. A snack is provided (if the individual misses the hot meal program on 4 St), as well as breakfast in the morning. Supplies guests with a warm bed, laundry services, & hot showers. Provides crisis support and referrals to other agencies as required.


Daycare – 164 Stratton Way SE

Phone: 403-529-2003


Thrift Store – 457 3 Street SE

Phone: 403-526-6822


Community Resource Centre – 476 4 Ave SE (back alley entrance)

Phone: 403-548-3247

-Hot meal served from 5-6pm

-Family Services from 11am-3pm (monday - Thursday)

-Community Warmth: Utility assistance for those who have received a disconnection notice or have been disconnected

-Bridge & Loan: Through an application process this program offers an interest free loan for rent or damage deposit

-Spiritual Support: Provides bibles, devotional and inspirational material, spiritual support and Tehila Night spiritual group held every Sunday at 6:00pm

-Family Assistance: Provides various forms of assistance through clothing, housewares, furniture, vouchers. Also identification, prescription assistance and limited bus tickets

-Christmas Assistance: Assistance with food & gifts, and resource information

-Assistance with Pine Lake Camp for children 12 and under (Visit www.pinelakecamp.ca for more information about the camp).

 

Brooks:

Brooks Family Care Centre – 112 2 Street W

Phone: 403-362-3117

Provides families in need and/or in crisis with vouchers for clothing, housewares, and winter apparel.


Thrift Store - 112 2 Street W

Phone: 403-362-3117


Save-On-Foods Virtual Nutrition Tours

Virtual Nutrition Tours are available for adults and school groups. Our team of Registered Dietitians will host interactive virtual sessions to show you how to tackle food labels, how to make healthy food choices, and how to meet special dietary requirements.

Our Adult Nutrition Tours require a minimum of 7 participants and are offered for free to More Rewards card members. Small groups or individual customers may be grouped together.

Our kids and school group Nutrition Tours are available for Kindergarten through post-secondary and are free of charge.

Registration form is provided in the following link:

https://www.saveonfoods.com/sm/pickup/rsid/987/nutrition-tours/

The Champion's Centre - Brooks

The Champion’s Centre provides affordable housing and basic supports to men who struggle to live independently.  As such, the Centre directly addresses basic shelter and food needs of men who have been homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness.

Hot lunch served daily. 

Call 403-362-4440 for more information. 

The Mustard Seed - Medicine Hat

The Mustard Seed is a Christian Charitable organization that serves the physical and spiritual needs of the hungry, homeless and lonely in Medicine Hat. Although this organization provides shelter, clothing, bathing facilities, etc., for these individuals, it specializes in providing breakfast every day, all year long. Located at 435 North Railway St SE, Medicine Hat.  

Medicine Hat Location: 403-504-0342