COVID-19 Info: scroll down the page for a wide variety of resources
July 2020: Helpful Community Links
- Emergency Resiliency Fund: City Council approved $8 million in enhanced funding from the Emergency Resiliency Fund (ERF) for programs and services of Calgary non-profit social service organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications are now being accepted for phase II of ERF for programs or services that continue face increased demand due to COVID-19.
- Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) Response to COVID-19
- Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan - a summary of available supports
The Indigenous Shelter Diversion Support COVID-19 Response Fund
This is for Indigenous singles, couples and families whose stability in their housing has become compromised due to COVID-19 under the following criteria:
- Reduced Hours of Employment
- Employment Terminated
- Laid-off of Employment
- Obtaining CERB, but is less than regular income prior to COVID
- Seasonal employment delayed or cancelled due to COVID
- Dual-employment family - one partner lost employment or laid-off or hours reduced due to COVID
- Not eligible for CERB
Temporary Assistance for the following areas
- Rental Arrears
- Damage Deposit due to Eviction
- Damage Deposit to relocate to affordable options
- Utility Disconnections
- Utility Arrears
FOR GUIDELINES AND APPLICATIONS PLEASE CONTACT email@example.com
June 2020: Helpful Community Links
LAUNDROMATS THAT ARE OPEN:
- Marbank Laundromat #139, 920 - 36 ST NE 403-273-4788
- Monterey Laundromat 2220 - 68 ST NE 403-285-5545
NEED HELP GETTING GROCERIES?
- Men in Kilts have volunteers to deliver groceries to older Calgarians.
-Please only call for those with no other options.
-Can use cash or e-transfer to purchase the items.
- Food Truck Eleven-Eleven has a team of three to get groceries, supplies, and support.
Call 587-999-6616 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
-Service is from 1pm - 5pm.
- YYC Grocery Delivery Pop-up Volunteer Group
-Free custom grocery orders for seniors and at risk Calgarians
- Grocery Link
(587) 578-4197 https://thegrocerylink.com/
-You order groceries on-line from select stores and Grocery Link will pick-up and deliver to your home for a cost.
-Staff will call clients weekly to arrange grocery pick-up and delivery.
- Deer Park United Church Food Pantry
(403) 278-8263 www.dpuc.ca
-Call during office hours M, T, W - to preregister for food drop-offs Thursday evenings.
-Also provide referrals to food bank - Social Worker on staff.
- Jewish Family Support Centre Food Hampers
(403) 287-3510 www.jfsc.org
-Non-denominational food hamper support however can provide kosher items
-Call main line to arrange for delivery or drop-off
-Some religious holiday closures in April
- Al-Qaim Charity Foundation
Al Qaim is helping Calgarians in need during self isolation or quarantine by providing food hampers or essentials. Give us a call if you need our help.
SE quadrant: Asad Jaffery: 403- 903-6390; Aziz Sheikh: 403 - 899-7066
SW quadrant: Zainab Latief: 587- 437-7111; Ibrahim Jabli: 403 - 708-7708
City Wide: Safdar Shujah: 403- 998-1538; Riaz Nakvi: 780- 974-7429
- The Acadia Food Pantry
The Acadia food pantry provides food to those in need, regardless of where they live. It's organized by a group of community volunteers and it operates the third Tuesday of the month at McDougall United Church from 12 noon to 1 pm.
-The April pantry will run on April 21st.
- Kerby Centre's Thrive Program
(403) 234-6571 or (403) 705-3222
-Grocery shopping for seniors who are 55+, low income, and are not able to shop.
-Income cap of $26,500/single or $38,000/couple, to be determined by Line 150 on the client's Notice of Assessment.
-Groceries will only be done at CO-OP.
-Cost: $4.00 delivery fee.
-You will receive a 5% discount on the grocery bill, as they cannot use their individual CO-OP member cards.
- Awo Taan Healing Lodge
-Awo Taan Healing Lodge Society is open as an Emergency Response Centre Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm but will not be seeing families face to face. It's only phone support and food/goods/items will be delivered to you.
-If you are looking for food resources or emotional support services please call our Family Wellness Centre at 403-531-1880 ext. 100.
- Visit Momentum.org for information and assistance to apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and other financial services.
- TELUS offers affordable internet for low-income families.
- The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) provides affordable laptops for families in need.
RESOURCES FOR NEWCOMERS/IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES
- COVID-19 information in different languages at www.calgaryLIP.ca
Resources and information translated into numerous languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Spanish and others. The site contains:
- Government of Alberta updates
- Financial resources information
- List of agencies offering translation and interpretation at no cost
- Refugee claimants should go to CCIS who will help them to have the forms completed for Alberta Works and their work permits. They can also help them with immediate needs: www.ccisab.ca
- Centre for Newcomers at www.centrefornewcomers.ca can also help.
- Immigrant Services Calgary has transitioned from face-to-face services to online services, as of Monday, March 16, 2020. Get help and speak with a counsellor online at www.immigrantservicescalgary.ca
AT-HOME ACTIVITIES (Community centers closed to the public as of March 17)
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
- Neighbourliness in times of COVID-19
The City of Calgary Neighbours helping Neighbours section at the City website with ideas on how to stay connected with neighbours during this time of isolation and physical distancing.
You will find great tools, including tips sheets on creating Neighbourhood Pods, Connection Cards, Neighbourhood Activities like Bingo and Activity Sheets. All of these are printable, and we are working on getting some items translated. New material will be added regularly - so keep checking back!
- Donate to Alpha House
Alpha House Calgary is calling for donations including financial donations, personal protective equipment (gloves, gowns, masks), socks and underwear for men and women (new only), sensitization material, food (must be prepared in a food serving facility, individually packaged, and dated), towels, and gift cards. Click here for more information.
- Volunteer/Donate at the Calgary Drop-In Centre
The support of health care professionals is urgently needed to help with secondary screening and observing our isolation space.
The Centre is also in critical need for PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) materials such as disposable gloves, protective eyewear, protective masks (including N95 masks), wrist bands, in addition to other sanitary products such as crisis-grade hand sanitizer. If you have access to PPE or know of a connection that would help, please click here to reach out to the DI.
- Volunteer with the Acadia Food Pantry
The food pantry provides food to those in need, regardless of where they live. It's organized by a group of community volunteers and it operates the third Tuesday of the month at McDougall United Church from 12 noon to 1 pm.
The April pantry will run on April 21st. Volunteers are needed to pick-up food, move boxes, sort and distribute the food on the days of the pantry. If you are able to volunteer, please contact Donna at email@example.com.
- A Note from the Diabetes Association
Pick-up of all textile donations by Diabetes Canada from homes and donation bins across Canada stopped on March 23.
Some residents continue to drop off donations at our bins even though we cannot empty them at this time; and some individuals are using Diabetes Canada donation bins to dump garbage and more. This is posing a serious health and safety issue.
STAYING GROUNDED AND HEALTHY
- Keep your immune system in top shape
This might be the best advice after social distancing, self-isolation (when needed) and keeping recommended hygiene measures (hand washing, sneezing/coughing in your elbow/tissue, keeping hands away from your face). This involves eating healthy, remembering your vitamins, exercising (at home or outdoors), getting enough sleep, and keeping emotionally grounded.
- Keeping stress levels in check
We are living in abnormal times which significantly increases our stress level. As a society, we are also experiencing communal grief due to the so many losses involved due to this covid crisis. Here are some expected reactions at times like this:
These are normal reactions to an abnormal situation. Research shows that if we acknowledge these reactions and take care of them, they usually disappear in a few weeks.
- Physical reactions: sleep changes, digestive/appetite disturbances, body aches
- Emotional reactions: fear, anxiety, distress, grief, numbness, detachment
- Behavioural reactions: Irritability, agitation, withdrawal, outbursts of anger, substance use
- Thinking based reactions: flashbacks, unsettling dreams, forgetfulness, decreased concentration
- How to "take care" of these reactions?
There are many ways and no right way. You will have to find out what works for you. Many people use gentle exercise such as yoga or stretching; others find it helpful talking to somebody (a friend, a priest, a faith leader, an AA sponsor, a counsellor); others use alternative medicine (herbs, aromatherapy, smudging, naturopath); others use meditation or prayer; and others just do a lot of self-care or a combination of these things.
Most importantly, it's good to know that you are not alone in experiencing stress, grief or the many other symptoms explained above. Also this is not the time to measure to other people's expectations. This is a time to be gentle on ourselves, to honour our own experiences and self-care to the extent we can.
Here are some resources from Common Sense Media:
- De-stress together with meditation apps for kids and families.
- Get the blood flowing and elevate the mood with these 25 dance games (you might need to buy a special control from Amazon).
- Apps, websites, and video games that inspire running, jumping, and more to stay active.
- Keeping positive and involved
We are living a crisis and we need to acknowledge the many feelings associated with this. It's normal for adults and children to experience emotions associated with the grief process: we are suffering many losses, both individually and as a society. This is not the first and it won't be the last crisis we go through in the course of history. Let's be gentle on ourselves and with others; and aim to keep our humanity intact as we move through this difficult times.