“I had spent 3 years homeless in Calgary before making friends at CMHA this last year. I gained a lifesaving group of caring people who stepped in and filled my life with safety and security and have helped me to get out of a dark place. I was able to start this relationship with CMHA from your generosity of food hampers and an SOS team lead who believed in me. She had her team help me out and they are still pushing and helping me. All the staff have welcomed me, but without that team lead believing in me I never would have made it.”
(CMHA Client Experience Survey )
Up to 70% of homeless individuals have a mental health concern. The Street Outreach and Stabilization (SOS) team at CMHA Calgary helps to address the needs of these hard to reach individuals by connecting and working with them.
The SOS team works with clients from a harm reduction approach and meets their clients where they are at in a non-judgmental supportive environment. They listen to clients and come up with a care plan as how to overcome challenges they are experiencing. To help assist these clients, CMHA Calgary and the SOS team are looking for a number of items.
We are in need of NEW (unopened, unused) of the following products:
- Toothbrushes and toothpaste
- Men’s and women’s socks and underwear
- Combs or hairbrushes
- Shampoo and body wash
- Razors and shaving cream
- Feminine products
- Nail Clippers
- Individual heat packs
- Items that can be given as Christmas gifts such as gift cards for Fast Food Restaurants or Dollar Stores.
We are in need of GENTLEY USED items of the following products:
- Sleeping bags
- Toques, scarfs, gloves and mittens
Our Street Outreach and Stabilization Team is often the helping hand that is need for these individuals to regain control of their lives and their illness. Our clients can transition to other CMHA services, and in time, move towards independence, including a residence of their own. We are also looking for Move-out Packages to help assist in this transition, including but not limited to:
- Kitchen utensils
- Laundry baskets
- Dish soap
- Cutting board
- Oven Mitts
- Clothes hangers
Thank you for considering donating to CMHA Calgary and the SOS Team. You donations will help those homeless individuals on their recovery journey.
All items can be dropped off at Suite 400, 105 – 12 Avenue SE from 8 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday. If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org